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The Japanese Fisheries Agency will send a senior official to South Korea to ask the country to reconsider its latest import ban on fisheries products from Japanese prefectures due to concerns over leakages of radiation-contaminated water at the Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant.

Kenji Kagawa, director-general of the agency’s Resources Enhancement Promotion Department, will leave Japan possibly on Sep 16th to meet South Korean government officials and request that the ban be lifted, agency officials said

Japanese Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi urged South Korea to make a “calm response based on scientific grounds” to the contaminated water issue.

Prior to the announcement of the newly imposed ban, South Korea had a ban in place on 50 items of fisheries products, including freshwater fish, from Fukushima, Aomori, Ibaraki, Gunma, Miyagi, Iwate, Tochigi and Chiba prefectures following the Fukushima plant accident triggered by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
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Fisheries official to fly to S. Korea to seek import ban removal (Mainichi Newspaper)

South Korea dismisses request to lift Japanese seafood embargo (Asahi Newspaper)

Fisheries official to ask Seoul to end food ban (Japan Times)



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