Japan to go to WTO on row with SK over foods
Tokyo on Thursday said it would ask the World Trade Organization for a ruling on South Korea’s ban of Japanese seafood imports following the Fukushima atomic crisis, after talks failed to reach a settlement.
“With no prospect for the ban to be lifted, we are making the final arrangements to have a panel (settle the dispute) under the WTO rules,” top government spokesman Yoshihide Suga reporters.
In May, Japan took its food row with Seoul to the WTO and requested consultations in the first step under the global body’s dispute settlement system.
But talks broke down between the Asian neighbors — whose relationship has been marred by territorial disputes and anger over Tokyo’s wartime record.
A deadline to find a settlement
told expired on Thursday.
Japan said the measures taken by Seoul after reactor meltdowns at Fukushima in 2011 — on the grounds that food imports could be contaminated with radiation — were “inconsistent” with WTO regulations.
Tokyo also said South Korea had “failed to provide the required information about the measures taken, and their lack of consistency or justification.”