According to Kyodo News Agency on April 12, Japanese Agricultural Minister Yoshikawa Kiyoshi stressed at a press conference after the cabinet meeting on April 12 that food safety has not been denied and said that he would continue to ask South Korea and other countries that restrict imports to lift the ban. Foreign Minister Taro Kono met with South Korean Ambassador to Japan Lee Soo-hoon at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on December 12, calling for consultations on lifting the restrictions. In the future, through bilateral consultations with South Korea, we will continue to actively persuade the lifting of the import ban, he said.
Japans Chief Cabinet Secretary Kan Yiwei said at a press conference on the morning of December 12 that the fact that Japanese food was scientifically safe was maintained at the first instance, and said that the view that Japan lost the lawsuit was inappropriate.
Kyodo News Agency believes that the WTO judgment overturned the judgment of the panel of dispute settlement experts that South Koreas measures were inappropriate. The move supports South Koreas appeal for concern about the effects of radioactive materials from the Fukushima nuclear accident. Japan advocates that South Korea should strengthen its import restrictions on Japanese aquatic products in 2013 as inappropriate discrimination, but the WTO has not recognized it.
Its a great pity to remember the victims who have been working hard for reconstruction, Agricultural Minister Yoshikawa Kuisheng said at a press conference.
The Korean Government welcomes
According to Yonhap News Agency on December 12, the Korean government said on December 12 that it highly affirmed and welcomed the WTO judgment and said it would continue to maintain the import ban on aquatic products from eight counties in Japan. The head of South Koreas Fisheries Department told the media in the early morning of December 12 that the core part of Japans proposition has been overturned. South Korea will continue to ban the import of 28 kinds of seafood from eight counties near Fukushima.
According to Kyodo News Agency, 23 countries and regions continue to impose import restrictions on Japanese food due to the Fukushima nuclear accident. Japan had intended to win WTO approval to drive the realization of the target of 1 trillion yen (about 60.2 billion yuan) in food exports, but now the situation is that persuasion for other countries that restrict imports may also be affected.
Shadow the Japanese Governments Strategy
Kyodo News Agency analysis on December 12 concluded that the WTO did not support Japans demand that South Korea lift import restrictions on Japanese aquatic products. Japan wanted to win the approval of WTO and publicize the safety of Japanese food to the world, but the decision was unexpected and cast a shadow on the strategy of expanding food exports.
Japans claim was endorsed by the WTO Dispute Settlement Expert Group equivalent to the first instance of the court in 2018, while the optimism within the Japanese government that the victory was in hand spread.
The WTO has debated whether the import restrictions imposed by South Korea on Japanese food products are inappropriate discrimination and beyond the necessary nature of trade restrictions. Although this time it is not believed that Japans food safety problems, but compared with other countries that restrict imports, South Koreas restrictions, which are considered particularly stringent, have been recognized, which is undoubtedly a heavy blow to Japan.
Japans food exports continue to expand, and it is expected to reach 1 trillion yen (about 60.2 billion yuan) for the first time in 2019. In Kyodos view, Abes government continues to explain in detail the need to alleviate concerns, or more than ever.
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