The South Korean government announced today that it will maintain its ban on importing fishery products from the Japanese region of Fukushima, affected by the nuclear accident of 2011, after winning an appeal to the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Seoul welcomed the decision made by the WTO, whose appellate body gave the reason in the long litigation that Japan had with these trade restrictions, in a resolution adopted this Thursday.
The South Korean government "has been making all kinds of efforts to follow the principle of respect for public health," its Ministry of Commerce, Investment and Energy said in a statement.
Seoul added that it will maintain the veto that applies to 28 types of fishing catches of eight Nippon prefectures (Fukushima and other abutments) in the wake of the natural disaster caused by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, fearing such products are contaminated. by radioactive waste product of the accident.
Japan filed a complaint about these measures with the WTO arguing that Seoul's ban was "unfair" and "arbitrary", since the radioactivity controls it applies to its fishery catches are stricter than those in most countries .
After a first favorable decision to Tokyo that was appealed by Seoul, the World Trade Organization has established that the South Korean veto on Japanese products does not fall into the category of "arbitrary discrimination".
Several countries still apply limitations or veto the importation of Japanese products originating in Fukushima for fear of being contaminated, while the European Union lifted part of its restrictions by the end of 2017.