Japan to take up S. Korea’s import ban on marine products at WTO

TOKYO, (PNA/Kyodo) — The Japanese government plans to take up the issue of South Korea’s import ban on fisheries products from some parts of Japan at a committee meeting of the World Trade Organization in mid-October, government sources said Saturday.

Japan is expected to argue at the meeting from Oct. 16 in Switzerland that the import ban, imposed in September because of leaks of radiation-contaminated water at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, is unreasonable, the sources said.

Japan has asked South Korea to repeal the import ban on products from eight prefectures including Fukushima, saying it was taken without clear scientific grounds. But Seoul has not accepted the request.