WTO panel said to back Japan on Fukushima fish ban via Nikkei Asian Review

Tokyo has called South Korean restrictions on seafood imports unfair

GENEVA/SEOUL — A World Trade Organization panel has apparently ruled in Japan’s favor in a dispute over South Korean restrictions on imports of Japanese seafood imposed after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, according to a source familiar with the matter.

Both sides had been informed of the panel’s decision as of Tuesday. Tokyo declined to reveal the outcome but said it was “consistent with Japan’s position.” A final report is expected to be made public by next spring.


What happens next remains unclear. South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reported that the import ban would stay in place until at least 2019.

A number of other countries have imposed similar restrictions on Japanese seafood for fear of radioactive contamination, so the ruling could have a broader impact.

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