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China bars seafood from Japan

The ban comes after Tokyo started discharging handled radioactive wastewater from the Fukushima nuclear energy plant into the ocean

Chinese customs authorities introduced on Thursday a right away ban on imports of all seafood from Japan as Tokyo begins a contentious launch of handled radioactive wastewater from the stricken Fukushima nuclear energy plant into the ocean.   

China is Japan’s greatest importer of fish, having bought $496 million value in 2022. It has additionally imported $370 million value of crustaceans and mollusks – comparable to crabs and scallops – final 12 months, knowledge tracked by the Japanese statistics workplace exhibits.

Apart from Japan, China additionally purchases seafood from different nations together with Ecuador, Russia, and Canada.   

China had beforehand banned meals imports from ten Japanese prefectures across the Fukushima plant, whereas earlier this week Hong Kong introduced a ban on seafood imports from those self same prefectures.

Earlier this week, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida introduced plans to discharge round 1.3 million metric tons of handled wastewater, equal in quantity to about 500 Olympic-size swimming swimming pools, from Fukushima. 

The Japanese authorities scheduled the discharge of the handled water into the Pacific Ocean for 1pm Tokyo time on Thursday, state-owned electrical energy agency TEPCO mentioned earlier, including that the climate and sea circumstances have been appropriate.   

Beijing has blasted the plan as “extremely selfish and irresponsible.” The Chinese customs company mentioned the suspension of imports was meant to stop radioactive contamination dangers. 

The Fukushima nuclear energy plant skilled a catastrophic meltdown after a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and subsequent devastating tsunami in 2011. It was the worst nuclear catastrophe for the reason that 1986 Chernobyl accident.

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