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Thursday 19 October 2017

Seoul bans Fukushima region fish

Son Jae-hak, vice minister of South Korean Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, with a document showing Japanese prefectures with import bans (AP)
Son Jae-hak, vice minister of South Korean Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, with a document showing Japanese prefectures with import bans (AP)

South Korea is banning all fish imports from Japan's Fukushima region because of growing public concern over radiation contamination.

The worries have reportedly prompted a sharp decline in fish consumption.

The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries said that it made the move because of insufficient information from Tokyo about what will happen in the future with contaminated water leaking from the crippled nuclear plant into the Pacific.

Seoul imposed a partial ban on Japanese fish following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that led to a meltdown at the Fukushima plant.

All fishery products from Fukushima and seven other nearby districts are now banned.

Scientists have found high levels of radioactive caesium in fish near the plant. Fisheries off Fukushima are closed.

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