Japan asks South Korea to lift ban on seafood products
Agriculture minister Yoshimasa Hayashi on Tuesday asked South Korea to lift its ban on all fishery product imports from eight Japanese prefectures.
Earlier this month, South Korea announced the ban on 50 fishery products from Fukushima, Miyagi, Iwate, Aomori, Chiba, Ibaraki, Tochigi and Gunma prefectures due to concerns about radiation contamination from the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant.
Speaking at a news conference in Tokyo, Hayashi urged that the ban be lifted at the earliest possible time.
Japanese Fisheries Agency official Kenji Kagawa has been in Seoul his week, lobbying for the ban to be lifted. He said the ban was not based on scientific grounds, Jiji Press reported.
The South Korean government said the ban was implemented due to the sharply increased concern over the flow of hundreds of ton of contaminated water into the ocean at the site of the Fukushima nuclear plant.
South Korea imported 5,000 tons of fishery products from the eight affected prefectures last year, out of a total of 40,000 tons of imports from Japan.