The government of South Korea is banning all fishery products from eight prefectures in northeast Japan because of radiation contamination concerns from Fukushima. South Korea’s Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries confirmed the decision on Friday as Japan failed to provide accurate information regarding the status and future of the contaminated waters that leaked from the defunct nuclear plant.
A spokesman for the Prime Minister told reporters, “The measures are due to the sharply increased concern in the public about the flow of hundreds of tons of contaminated water into the ocean at the site of the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan.” South Korea is convinced that the incident in Japan remains unclear, adding that “the information the Japanese government has provided so far is not enough to predict future developments.”
The government of South Korea will begin imposing its import ban from the prefectures of Fukushima, Miyagi, Iwate, and Aomori in the Tohoku region. The prefectures of Tochigi, Ibaraki and Chiba in Kanto region are also included in the blacklist. According to Son Jae-Hak, vice minister of the aquatic agency, South Korea’s ban on the prefectures is effective on Monday, and is indefinite.
South Korea used to import 40,000 tons of fishery products from Japan with 5,000 coming from the eight prefectures. Though it may appear to cause no gravity to Japan’s total exports, local fishermen from northeast Japan are still sure to take a toll from South Korea’s ban. “Under the new measure, all fisheries products from this region will be banned regardless of whether they are contaminated or not,” the Korean ministry pressed.
[via The Republic]