Japan raises seafood import restrictions, China and Hong Kong intensify inspections.

In response to China’s de facto import restrictions on Japanese seafood products that began this month, the Japanese government has decided to demand scientific measures based on the results of a fact-finding mission, Japan’s Kyodo News Agency reported today (Nov. 22).

Kyodo reported that the head of the Japanese government conveyed to Chinese diplomatic authorities yesterday that they should express their concerns and handle the matter appropriately, suggesting that Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida had personally expressed concern about the import restrictions on Japanese seafood.

Chinese customs authorities have reportedly initiated de facto import restrictions by conducting full-scale radiation inspections on imported seafood from Japan, and the Japanese government is conducting an on-the-ground investigation into delays in the clearance of Japanese seafood at Chinese customs.

The Japanese government has repeatedly asked China to hold a meeting to explain the increased inspections, but Chinese customs has not responded, the news agency said.

Chinese authorities banned imports of food, edible agricultural products and feed from 12 Japanese cities and prefectures, including Fukushima Prefecture, in 2011 after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, and have now imposed a ban on food products, including seafood, from 10 prefectures.

The Hong Kong government has also stepped up inspections for radioactive substances when importing Japanese seafood, and customs clearance delays have been increasing, 카지노사이트킴 reportedly taking about three hours longer than usual since the middle of last month.

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