Japanese official to visit Korea to demand removal of import ban
The Korean government last week slapped an import ban on ALL fisheries products from Japan's radiation-hit Fukushima, and seven other nearby prefectures, regardless of whether they are contaminated or not.
The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries said it acted out of mounting concerns about radiation levels in seafood from the area.
Kenji Kagawa , an official from Japan's Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries will visit Seoul on Monday to meet with his counterparts and demand an explanation for Korea's move.
The Japanese official will also likely demand Korea lift its import ban.
Earlier this month, Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary said all fisheries products have been under close inspection to meet international safety requirements after the nuclear disaster.
"After the nuclear crisis, all products have been subject to intense checkups to meet international safety standards."
The Korean government, however, will likely reiterate its stance that the ban was necessary as there are escalating concerns about whether fish from Japan is safe to consume.
"We enforced the ban as information and data from the Japanese government is not enough to determine the exact situation after the nuclear accident."
If Korea decides to leave the import ban as it is, reports have said that Japan will likely file a legal suit against Korea with the WTO.
Meanwhile, a recent survey conducted by Kyodo News shows over 60 percent of Japanese citizens discredit the Abe administration's claim that the leak of radioactive water will "create no problems."
The visit of the Japanese official will come just hours after Japan shuts down its last operating nuclear reactor in western Japan.
Kim Min-ji, Arirang News.