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Kyodo News: URGENT – S. Korea bans all fishery products from 8 Japan prefectures — Gov’t: Unclear how Fukushima incident will progress in future

Published: September 5th, 2013 at 10:57 pm ET
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Kyodo News, Sept. 6, 2013 (h/t Anonymous tip): URGENT: S. Korea bans fishery imports from 8 Japan prefs. including Fukushima [...] South Korea announced Friday it has placed an import ban on all fisheries products from 8 Japanese prefectures, including Fukushima. The decision was made Friday following a meeting between government agencies chaired by Prime Minister Chung Hong Won and the ruling party.  [...]

Yonhap, Sept. 6, 2013: [...] The move comes as a widespread radiation scare in South Korea is leading to a sharp drop in the consumption of fisheries products. “The measure comes as our people’s concerns are growing over the fact that hundreds of tons of radiation contaminated water are leaked daily from the site of Japan’s nuclear accident in Fukushima,” the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries said in a press release. “The measure also comes as the government concluded that it is unclear how the incident in Japan will progress in the future and that the information the Japanese government has provided so far is not enough to predict future developments.” [...]

Xinhua: [...] “Imports of all fishery products from eight prefectures surrounding Japan’s Fukushima, which is seriously polluted and damaged by radiation, will be banned,” the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries said [...] The eight prefectures include Fukushima, Ibaraki, Gunma, Miyagi, Iwate, Tochigi, Chiba and Aomori.

See also: TV: Public concern over Japan fish imports "looks to be justified" -- Contaminated seafood recently on sale in Korea adding to fears -- Over 6 million pounds found since 3/11 -- Strong backlash against gov't

Published: September 5th, 2013 at 10:57 pm ET
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