South Korea To Keep Japan Seafood Ban

Japanese officials traveled to South Korea in an effort to get the country to change a new seafood ban put in place. The Japanese government provided South Korea with new radiation data about the waters off Fukushima. That data has not be made public.

South Korea has decided that the ban will stand. It includes most of the north-east prefectures of Japan. It appears their concerns were well founded. Global Post reports that after the nuclear disaster seafood shipments from Miyagi to South Korea increased from 11 tons in 2011 to 1,844 tons in 2012. There was clearly an effort to dump suspect seafood on the South Korean market that may not have sold well in Japan due to contamination concerns. Currently as long as it is below Japan’s 100 bq/kg level for cesium contamination it can be shipped to South Korea.

This editorial mentions that China and Taiwan have similar bans still in place, causing some in South Korea to see it as a political stab that Japan is threatening to take them to the WTO over the ban.

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