Ja­pan to go to WTO on row with SK over foods

The China Post - - LIFE GUIDE POST -

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.”

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