China bans seafood from Japan

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant's release of treated radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean sparks controversy and leads to China's seafood import ban, escalating a diplomatic issue.


Worldsfeed Int’l Desk: At the site of Okuma in Japan, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, which was severely affected by a tsunami, initiated the controlled discharge of treated radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean on Thursday. This decision has sparked controversy, leading to China’s prohibition of seafood imports from Japan.

Both domestic and international reactions ensued following the release of the treated wastewater. Japanese fishing associations expressed concerns about potential harm to the reputation of their seafood industry, while Chinese and South Korean groups raised apprehensions, escalating the matter into a political and diplomatic discourse.

China responded to the wastewater discharge by imposing an immediate ban on seafood imports from Japan, as declared by the country’s customs authorities on Thursday. The ban encompasses all “aquatic products,” including seafood. The authorities clarified that they intend to adjust their regulatory measures dynamically to safeguard their nation’s health and food safety against potential risks stemming from the discharge of nuclear-contaminated water.

In response to China’s ban, Tomoaki Kobayakawa, the President of Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, stated that the company was making preparations to adequately compensate Japanese business proprietors affected by export restrictions imposed due to the wastewater release. He acknowledged the significance of China as a vital trading partner for Japan and committed to offering comprehensive scientific explanations regarding the wastewater discharge in hopes of prompting the reversal of the ban at the earliest opportunity.

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