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


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.

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


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

  • m a x l i

    The ocean is divided in prefectures?

  • MichaelV MichaelV

    The dominoes are falling… the world will be a different place in the next 12 months.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Yes of course, and pretty soon they will divide all oceans up into nice neat 1 acre parcels and then slam in Ice walls and sell it to you just like real estate. Sad thing is we humans would shop/buy it all!

  • Maybe Hillary will go on a trade mission to Japan and offer to buy up all the fishery products that previously went to Korea, to prop up Japan's economy, so Japan can continue to buy our T-bills. We Americans can just raise our food-borne rad limits a little, and distribute the contaminated fishery products far and wide, sprinkling the radioactive Japanese-sourced fishery products into to every corner of our country, because everybody knows, the solution to radioactive pollution is dilution. She's good with that, as long as she and the other 1 percenters don't have to eat it.

    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks


    • m a x l i

      Poor Hillary and all the 1 percenters will get their equal (but not their fair) share of the cancer-and-all kinds-of-ailments-inducing contaminants, even if they stop eating fish or products from Japan altogether, because in nature everything goes around in circles. After a country imported contaminated products, the contaminants will via sewage/compost/rubbish become part of the water, air and soil of that country – therefore part of the next growing wheat, corn, grass, chicken, pig, cow, tap water, bottled water…

    • UncleCrusty

      Hilliary on a trade mission. People getting equal but not fair share of radiation. WTF folks. Drop partisanship nonsense. It's a diversion. I get your pissed – we all are. Dropping your decency due to someone or their position only serves to divide, and we is all we got. Besides, this forum is way too bright for that (mostly) kind of sentiment. Just my opinion. Peace

      • Borrowed from elsewhere:

        "A common misguided approach to debating, popular on internet comment boxes, is to insist, with much emotional diatribe, that an opponent be ashamed of their view and shut up. The people doing it just do not realize that no form of coherent logical workable debate comes on the back of intense emotion. Clear thinking is the only form of thinking suitable for debating.

        People who are harassed by these backward-thinking emotional shamers need only laugh at the idea and ignore the idiotic notion that there is anything to be ashamed of. In reasoned debate it is not shameful to take any position at the beginning, middle or end. It is only shameful to insist that debating is not about taking positions but being superior or shameful…"

        • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

          You're the one using Hillary as an emotional prop. She isn't even in politics anymore.

          • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

            This remark is directed to Zombo.

          • First, look at Fukushima Diary's graphic showing that Japanese fishery exports to the US increased by 33% over nominal levels, from 4.5 million kilograms, to 6 million kilograms, year over year, for the year beginning July 2011 and ending July 2012.


            Next, consider Hillary's own words about her role in the region, authored in November 2011. In six pages, there is no mention of Fukushima.


            "Our work will proceed along six key lines of action: strengthening bilateral security alliances; deepening our working relationships with emerging powers, including with China; engaging with regional multilateral institutions; expanding trade and investment…"

            Hillary may not be directly responsible for the US increasing seafood imports from Japan by 33% after the Fukushima accident, but:
            1. In November 2011, she clearly stated her intent to increase trade, and
            2. She chose to completely ignore Fukushima, in her November 2011 FT article about her thoughts on the region.

            Hillary on a trade mission? Guilty as charged, November 2011. She doesn't need to be SOS to embark on another.

            That is my opinion. This is a forum of opinions.

    • We Not They Finally

      Agreed, Uncle C. It's hardly Hillary anymore. She's not even in office. Oh, I'm sorry. Did I interrupt the hate fest?

      Not that she acted well in the wake of disaster. She acted very badly. But we need to look on a much wider scale — hatred towards individuals counts for nothing these days. Me, I've got a whole list, but I cannot see where that will help anyone.

    • SnorkY2K

      There is no need for a trade mission. This has already been negotiated. Japan has been donating its worst contaminated rice to other countries and importing safe rice. Nepalese don't want it. Once the Transpacific trade deal goes into effect it will not be legal to test rice coming from Japan into the US for radiation. Since private organizations will be able to exclude it by brand but school lunch programs will not, it will probably almost all go to US school lunches.

  • SusanS

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  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    Why wasn't all fish banned on March 12, 2011? Because of Chernobyl and other nuclear accidents and nuclear testing, etc., anti-cancer diets have banned fish, meat, and dairy for many years. If the bees can't survive from a combination of pesticides and radiation from all sources, how can humans tolerate this combination. Then there are dioxides, PCBs, Bisphenol-A, etc. Much technology today is antithetical to life.

    When I look at fish, dairy, meat, GMOs, pesticide laden food and irradiated food I see a skull and cross bones. And I refuse to watch TV which uses ads and a flicker rate to make these lethal foods seem desirable. People eat according to their culture and the people around them. It is very difficult to eat the most healthy diet possible. But it is the only way to prolong life. Surround youself with like-minded and concerned people.

    At least S. Korea is publicizing the dangers and protecting their people today. Better late than never.

    And the US is still using pure uranium and depleted uranium armaments and weapons. All politicians should be required to take years of biology that stresses the dangers and health consequences of radiation, GMOs, pesticides, etc. If they had any brains, they would outlaw anything that destroys the environment.

    They are still using Corexit in the GOM.

  • bo bo

    Tochigi and Gunma prefectures are inland and have no ocean


    A useless gesture made by the Koreans – here's why: Long ago (after 311) fishing vessels would simply change the port of entry and even travel further to make fish caught not from the Fukushima area. A common tactic is to catch fish off the coast of Fukushima, and register the catch at a port in Kyushu (south main island). This has been ongoing and will only increase now that the Koreans are taking a stance.

  • m a x l i

    I remember reading a while ago (sorry, no link) that some fishers from Fukushima prefecture went to the trouble to bring their catch not into their home port, but instead into a port outside Fukushima prefecture, in order to be able to sell their catch or get a better price.

  • weeman

    This is exactly what is required to bring this to light to the general public and make them aware a country weighing in.
    I find it kind of ironic that South Korea is making a issue out of this, as they have 23 reactor and 11 planned, some of the same design as Fukushima.
    Did they take note of the cascading accident at Fukushima and how the fuel pools added to the scale of the accident, tell me would it not be prudent to reduce the fuel load in SFP.
    Were is the IAEA and why have you not addressed this issue, at least for the BWR reactors like at Fukushima, as you know the containment does not meet the design parameters, but you continue to extend their licence beyound their designed live span, I don't get it, read your charter as you are took a oath to uphold that charter and failure will lead to prosecution.

    Think about how this is going to effect the diet of a third of the plants inhabitant, how do you replace that protein.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Have to worry about every morsel of food we eat, thanks to nuclear.

  • Canada and USA ban nothing.

    • We Not They Finally

      True. What an embarrassment that So. Korea has at least started to do SOMETHING to protect their population and the U.S. does nothing? That we are farther away geographically only works for so long. We're already getting hit.


    When more countries start banning the Japanese fishery the ones that don't will be bombarded with their irradiated catches. All nations must take a stand for their own people. It's really sad it has come to this, a once prosperous nation will become a depleted waste land. Only the fools will continue to deny it, was it worth it?

  • Phil Shiffley Phil Shiffley

    Thinking of converting my backyard pool to talapia tank and acquaponics. 🙂

    I had the idea last year and then ran into photos where it was actually done w/fish/chickens in CA.

    • Tim42

      What are you going to feed your Talapia, Fish meal?? Caught where?? Same thing applies to all farm raised fish..

      That's why I written off all seafood/fish products weren't caught in the Atlantic ocean. No more Alaskan king/queen crab legs, no more fast food fish sandwich's. Only seafood fresh off the dock.

      • Phil Shiffley Phil Shiffley

        Pond fish consume excess plant material and algae as well as pests.

        I know I mentioned the pool. But that would be my base which in effect would get destroyed. No need to stay pretty. I'd be hauling in dirt.

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    "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."

    Of course, the Korean government isn't trying to protect a gigantic nuclear utility, and a nuclear industry exporting nuclear poison plants and their equipment all over the world. But, alas, here in the USA, the government's top priority is to protect the nuclear industry, rather then public health and safety.

    So, of course, the USA will continue to import Japanese fishery products.
    And the US Government won't be testing any Japanese imports for radiation, either.
    The US will trust Japan to test US imports for radiation.
    Kinda, sorta, makes me want to avoid seafood of unknown origin. 😉

  • ftlt

    I certainly have stopped buying Japanese food products…

    Would be worried about purchasing a car made there now too (so many parts are distributed worldwide as well into all brands and cars assembled everywhere is scary)..

    The point that Japan has/is distributing tainted food to the world's poor as part of its obligations/commitments to foreign aid was/is a heinous act… This was pointed out in the first year following the crisis – it fell on deaf ears and still does…. These acts dovetail well with the bomb-a-village-for-freedom mindset of the Empire of the Border-less Few…

  • Phil Shiffley Phil Shiffley

    I've read there's more to food testing than simply waving a geiger counter over the food sample. So we know just buying equipment alone isn't going to cut it. Those of us that want to tackle the learning curve for the days when push comes to shove might be interested in knowing if there are any public sources of information for how that might be done. If anyone on this board knows where we might start the search it'd be most appreciated.

  • Cisco Cisco

    The canary in the coal mine?

    Independent findings of sick and diseased fish are being measured and reported by independent scientists versus official US and Canadian government agencies.

    “Is Fukushima Radiation Contaminating Tuna, Salmon and Herring On the West Coast of North America?”…August 26, 2013

    BEWARE…Bon Appétit

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    One bite of radiated fish? .. no amount of plutonium or cesium is -safe.

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  • RichardPerry

    How can they stop a prefect that has radioactive fish from selling it to other prefects that are safe. They must be mixing bad fish with good fish to sneak it through.