Seoul defies WTO ruling, vows to keep ban on Japan’s Fukushima seafood

From RT

South Korea vows to maintain its restrictions on Japanese seafood imports and appeal the WTO’s ruling against additional radiation tests and bans on fishery products introduced in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.

In 2015, Tokyo filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO) challenging South Korea’s import bans that were introduced on certain fish caught in Japanese waters over fears of radiation following the meltdown of three reactors at the Fukushima power plant in March 2011. In its official complaint, Japan also challenged additional testing and certification requirements placed by Seoul on Japanese fish caught from eight prefectures near Fukushima.

On Thursday, the WTO ruled in Japan’s favor, claiming that while South Korean practices were initially justified, they now violate the WTO’s sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) agreement. “By maintaining the product-specific and blanket import bans on the 28 fishery products from the 8 prefectures and the 2011 and 2013 additional testing requirements on Japanese products, Korea acted inconsistently with Article 2.3, first sentence of the SPS Agreement and, as a consequence with Article 2.3, second sentence,” the ruling said.

South Korea on Friday refused to bow to the WTO ruling due to public health and safety concerns, announcing that it will challenge the ruling while maintaining the current level of restrictions.

“The Korean government will appeal to safeguard public health and safety,” the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy said in a release. “Regardless of the decision, the current import ban will be put in place until the WTO’s dispute settlement procedure ends.”

Japan’s minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Ken Saito, called Seoul’s disobedience regrettable. “Japan will respond accordingly so that our position will be accepted by the Appellate Body as well. We will also call on South Korea to sincerely and promptly correct their measures,” he said at a news conference. . .

Read more: Seoul Appeals WTO Fukushima Seafood Ruling


2 thoughts on “Seoul defies WTO ruling, vows to keep ban on Japan’s Fukushima seafood

  1. This is absolutely ludicrous! How in the world can the WTO demand that South Korea accept seafood from Japan that is full of radiation and dangerous to the health of South Koreans? They actually are trying to force those people to accept that radiated mess? For the love of !!!

    I would never eat a thing coming out of Japan and I would tell those who expect me to that I refuse and in no uncertain terms. I’d tell them where to stick their Fukushima seafood. Let them eat that radiated garbage, get radiation poison and die a most horrible death. What is wrong with these organizations like the WTO that insist countries must accept food that is so clearly, unhealthy? I guess it’s due to the fact that if South Korea refuses to accept Fukushima seafood from Japan, that other countries will wonder if the Summer Olympic Games should be played there in 2020. I sure as hell wouldn’t show up for those games, not a chance. Nor would I eat there, live there, play there or do anything there. I would have climbed into a leaky boat if I had to to get the hell out of there!


  2. I think you put your finger on it, Shelby. This is all about the Olympic Games. Here in NZ we’re out in the street marching again because our new Labour Government has changed their mind and decided they like the TPPA now that they’re in government. It has exactly the same kind of Investor State Dispute Settlement close as GATT does (the treaty responsible for the WTO).

    So now that Trump has withdrawn from the TPPA, the other 11 countries are going to sign it. And unless we can stop it, foreign corporations will be able to sue NZ in private tribunals to prevent us from passing regulations to protect our health and environment. Europe won’t sign treaties like this any more because the UN Human Rights Commission has condemned but NZ and other third world countries still sign them.


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