A Japanese official from the Fisheries Agency flew to South Korea on Monday to formally request the lifting of the fish import ban imposed by the government of South Korea on eight prefectures in Japan in fear of radiation contamination from Fukushima. However, South Korea remains firm to keep the embargo, thus dismissing the Japanese request.
According to an official from the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety, South Korea’s decision to keep the import ban of fish products will stand to ensure their people’s health and safety. The Japanese official from the Fisheries Agency was also reminded and urged to provide information regarding the radiation contaminated water that leaked from the defunct Fukushima nuclear power plant.
Following the report that a storage tank leaked 300 tons of radioactive water, the government of South Korea was quick to ban all fishery products from the prefectures of Chiba, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma, Fukushima, Miyagi, Iwate, and Aomori. The import ban was announced on September 6 and was made effective just three days later. South Korea was convinced that “the information the Japanese government has provided so far is not enough to predict future developments.” However, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries believes that the decision to ban fish imports lacks scientific support.
[via Asahi Shimbun]
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