Some Japanese marine products still entering China despite ban

A person demonstrating cultured pearl production in Japan.

China has maintained its ban on Japanese seafood following the controversial release of wastewater from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, despite recent promises of a review, but some products that fall under the broad category of “marine products” are still entering the country.

Following the ban, which went into effect in August, Japan’s seafood exports to China plunged 90.8 percent year over year dipping substantially to JPY 800 million (USD 5.3 million, EUR 4.8 million) in the month following the ban. Despite the drop, total exports didn’t fall to zero.

The marine products that can still enter China from Japan mainly comprise pearls, coral, and koi, and exports of these products actually grew in September.

Japan is the world’s largest exporter of ... 

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