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Koi emerge as new source of souring relations between Japan and China

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By MARI YAMAGUCHI

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What’s koi got to do with it?

Lol! A great start to a mildly interest article! Nice work Mari!

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Japan can selling those lovely pets to India as China became unfriendly to everything is exportedvfrom Japan. The Indian likes Japan and they like those fish as well !

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China could be such a positive influence in the world, but CCP.

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Maybe China wants to cut off all it considers non-essential trade.

Expected

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I think they’re being coy about it…

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It is China! They probably don't need more Koi because they are most likely breeding more there than Japan does at this point. I'll bet they out export Japan in Koi soon. If there is money to be made... you can bet the Chinese will be all over it!

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All sounds a bit fishy to me.

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China is broke. They can't buy KOI anymore. It is just a way for China to save face.

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East Asian TOP 5 Highest IQ nations in the world wasting their time with never ending childish disputes, what a great waste of potential

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Koi are beautifully hued and expensive carp formally called nishikigoi in Japan. The fish, appreciated as “swimming jewels,” represent good luck in life and business. They're often fixtures of garden ponds...

I hate to be that guy, but I never understood why people treat fish like decoration. Seems super barbaric and pointless. Sure it can be calming for humans, but at the cost of disrespecting life? Why though.

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By this point it should be obvious the Koi are not a new source for the bad relationship, it is at much one of the many excuses China can use to pressure Japan for political reasons, the same as the release of water of Fukushima or the arrest of Japanese citizens.

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Top Japanese officials say Tokyo submitted the necessary documents to facilitate koi export renewals well before the deadline, and will continue diplomatic efforts to resolve the deadlock.

Don't bother with "diplomatic efforts." It is very obvious that Xi puts politics above everything else (including his failing economy) and that talking to the CCP does not work. Just let Xi continue to destroy his country by moving at pace from "reform and opening up" to "iron-fisted control and isolation."

In the meantime, Japan should find new markets for its koi, seafood, and anything else exported to China. Eventually, China may come crawling back (as it has recently done with Australia,) but if it doesn't, it doesn't. China under Xi is a lost cause, so who cares anymore?

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Fascinating. I've had herpes but had literally no idea fish could get it, as well. I think Japan should, like many states do I'm the US, require the fish have STD and AIDS testing before breeding. By eradicating herpes amongst the Japanese koi population, exports would certainly increase. As for China and Japan whining and moaning about each to each other and anyone who will listed, it's been going on for centuries. Finally, loved the Tina Turner reference.

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China's CCP stupidity has no bounds!

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When you start the game, all gloves are off. You have your reasons/justifications, they have theirs, equally valid/justifiable. No point in complaining, not everyone/country is as pliant as you or/America wish/hope.

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It's easier this way. No fish from Japan. Carp is a fish. No carp.

You don't need to deal with cases and exceptions. It's a no-nonsense type of culture.

Don't want to deal with it. Stop dumping treated contaminated water then all is good.

No lawyers necessary.

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Koi don't swim in Fukushima waters

Just goes to show that it's not about science with China - they're just looking for any reason

So next time China complains about something, then references science - this proves it's not really about science with them. They're just looking for any reason, so it destroys their credibility

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SaikoPhysco

Today 08:04 am JST

It is China! They probably don't need more Koi because they are most likely breeding more there than Japan does at this point. I'll bet they out export Japan in Koi soon. If there is money to be made... you can bet the Chinese will be all over it!

Consistent with the article saying China has let the export contracts expire over the years with the last expiring last Oct

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Fishy business. Would be nice if they'd stop carping on and just be friends.

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Maybe just like the kimono, koi are 'hurtful to the spirit and sentiments of the nation' LoL! Or considering that Xi wants to take China back to the good old days maybe koi are seen as a sign of cultural decadence.

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What’s koi got to do with it?

I see what you did there.

And now I can't get that song out of my head...lol!

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Fascinating. I've had herpes 

You still do. Herpes is incurable.

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I think Japan should, like many states do I'm the US, require the fish have STD and AIDS testing before breeding.

That is what the seven day quarantine accomplishes.

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Correct me if I am wrong but Koi are a fresh water fish. They would not be subject to any tritium discharged into the ocean.

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Koi are bred in small freshwater ponds. Saltwater would kill them.

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When? When have you ever seen, where something can be copied and sold at a decent profit, has someone or some company in China not done it. The Chinese aren't sitting there and appreciating all the Koi they've imported over the years, they are breeding them. As Ian pointed out from my first writing, when China first started importing Koi, and the Japanese govt. being fully aware they'd breed them, Japan would only allow it if China agreed to not export them. Those export agreements expired last month! Now... in order for China to save face and use a Diplomatic tit for tat type reason they cited Fukushima as an excuse... the played the Fukushima card. Now... all the importers of Koi around the world will have another big supplier and the price of Koi will most likely drop going forward. This is all about greed... probably some politicians in China will get a nice cut of the money made.

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