By SeafoodSource staff
Published on 05 September, 2013
South Korea banned all fishery imports from a swathe of Japan around the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant on Friday, dealing another blow to Tokyo's credibility on the eve of the capital's bid to host the Olympics.
Just hours after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe broke away early from a global summit in Russia to personally back Tokyo's bid to host the 2020 Summer Games, Seoul extended a ban on 50 imports from eight Japanese prefectures, including Fukushima, due to concerns about radiation contamination.
"The measures are due to the sharply increased concern in the public about the flow of hundreds of tons of contaminated water into the ocean at the site of the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan," a spokesman for the Prime Minister's office told reporters.
Korea's move, which takes effect on Monday, adds to international pressure on Japan to fix the crisis in Fukushima, 230km (140 miles) from Tokyo.