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China bans all Japanese seafood imports after Fukushima water release

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The world needs to ban China

11 ( +36 / -25 )

Once the point has been made and the world doesn't cave in, the ban will be quietly lifted.

21 ( +28 / -7 )

China playing hypocritical political games as usual.

" The amount of radioactive tritium in wastewater from Chinese nuclear plants, recorded at 13 of the nation's monitoring points in 2021, surpassed the maximum allowable annual amount of the material contained in treated water set to be released from the Fukushima No. 1 plant, according to public data."

20 ( +35 / -15 )

Who cares. Black market fishing boats abundant soon in Korean and Japanese waters. Can not just cut off for the Chinese elite who want the following and will pay huge some of cash to obtain the following.

Northern bluefin (honmaguro), southern bluefin (minamimaguro), bigeye (mebachimaguro), yellowfin (kihadamaguro) and albacore (binnagamaguro)

Watch and see. Give it a few months and I bet JT will have story up.

"Black market fishing boats illegally fish Japanese waters up tenfold"

10 ( +19 / -9 )

Good, that means more for me here in Japan!

18 ( +28 / -10 )

Haven't they figured out yet that NO ONE CARES what china likes or doesn't like ?

16 ( +26 / -10 )

China has been polluting the lands and waters of Africa, Central Asia and wherever they put their greedy, stinky paws on. Hypocrites.

I hope Korea's and China's refusal will drive the fish prices down. hurray for cheaper seafood.

24 ( +32 / -8 )

If all that banned seafood is sold here in Japan, the prices should go way down!! Yeah!!

15 ( +23 / -8 )

A 100% politically driven ban by Communist China.

More amazing quality Japanese seafood for friendly, rational nations to enjoy. Japan will have zero problem finding new customers over the next decade or 2 that China enforces the illogical ban.

17 ( +27 / -10 )

Can't blame them.

-13 ( +16 / -29 )

Purely political, as said by many people on here and elsewhere, for weeks.

Yet again, China demonstrates why decoupling from it is the best course of action. Its dangerous, unelected, authoritarian government simply cannot be trusted. They will use economic coercion such as this (along with other more unsavory things like hostage diplomacy) to advance their agenda.

Time for the world to move on from failing China, to India, SE Asia and elsewhere.

13 ( +20 / -7 )

Maybe china should stop pointing other countries for what they do.

China has more internal issues regarding food, environment, freedom of speech ect.

Tired

16 ( +24 / -8 )

Let's recall samples of the headlines which appeared recently: "What to know about China's real estate crisis" (NYT); "China's 40 years old boom is over" (WSJ); "Global mood sours on China's economy" (Foreign Policy). And etc. The current issue of Japan's release of radio active water is a perfect scapegoat for diverting attention from domestic problems. Of course, China never, ever says that radio active water, with higher concentration than that of Fukushima, has been released from its own nuclear power plants.

7 ( +13 / -6 )

this is just start.more countries to follow.

LDP and its leader did a great job.

-12 ( +6 / -18 )

It won’t last, however I stopped buying food made in China years ago. 日本製 all the way, baby.

9 ( +17 / -8 )

So what's the over/under on Hong Kong making the same announcement in the next 24 hours?

Sounds a lot like the O/U is 24 hours.

1 ( +5 / -4 )

Given the choice between eating fish caught off the coast of Fukushima or food fried in oil fished directly out of the sewer that you are likely to find in many restaurants in China, I’d take the former every time.

6 ( +12 / -6 )

Not only China. There are 9 more countries doing the same.

The article emphasizes China because more than 40% of exports goes there.

The damage for the Japanese economy is serious.

-13 ( +7 / -20 )

Even though China releases more tritium from its nuclear reactors that doesn't make what Japan is doing right.

-8 ( +5 / -13 )

Prudent but quite stringent across the board.

However, they are a soverign country, so they can really do what they want.

0 ( +3 / -3 )

Signed off two years ago by the Japanese government and approved by the U.N. nuclear watchdog last month, 

There have been many articles on the Internet stating the safety of the plan . . . .

https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/japan-set-release-fukushima-water-amid-criticism-seafood-import-bans-2023-08-23/#:~:text=According%20to%20Tepco%20test%20results,is%20a%20unit%20of%20radioactivity.

https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/pressreleases/iaea-finds-japans-plans-to-release-treated-water-into-the-sea-at-fukushima-consistent-with-international-safety-standards

2 ( +3 / -1 )

I'm sure the average factory in China pollutes more than the fukushima plant does.

13 ( +15 / -2 )

The Chinese Communist Party's Government mouthpiece, The Global Times  has suggested that an epoch apocalyptic event could be upon planet earth, triggered from the toxic nuclear poisonous bubbling depths of Fukushima seas, the creation of a 'real-life Godzilla'.

Seriously.

What next?

The loch ness monster witnessed carrying out regular freedom of navigation exercises in the Taiwan Straits with King Kong riding shotgun.  

I don’t know what The Global Times editorial staff has been smoking or eating but the least of their worries fears are going to be alleviated by banning all Japanese seafood imports.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

Good, that means more for me here in Japan!

That will hopefully lower the price in Japan. China will get it's seafood from elsewhere.

-7 ( +3 / -10 )

I thought the politicos in Tokyo had decided to release the (safe) Tritium into Tokyo Bay as it is already a cesspool-guess I was wrong

-14 ( +1 / -15 )

Yet they're still sending illegal fishing fish to Japanese waters. Appear "protective" of the people while exploiting minority groups.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

First and foremost the blanket ban is purely politically motived propaganda exercise.

Its sole purpose is to bring belligerent division to the region from a government of China that is directly responsible for a global pandemic that claimed the lives of 6,955,497.

Remember that.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

Chinese power plants released in one year more tritium containing water from their power plants than what is being released gradually over 10 years by the Fukushima plant. All this outrage and grandstanding is nothing but manufactured outrage to further anti-Japan hysteria.

4 ( +7 / -3 )

So ban all Chinese food imports, there are plenty of better quality in other nearby countries.

I prefer Malaysia, Indonesia even Vietnam.

Keep the Japanese produce here and rely less on imports!

I am less worried about the Fukushima water than the malachite green that is illegally used in Chinese aquaculture and found regularly to be present in chinese exported fish products. (Malachite green is used in aquarium to control fungus infections in fish but highly toxic if the fish is used for consumption)

Or the banned herbicides and pesticides used on much of the imported fruit and vegetables arriving from China.

Anyway with the yen being low avoiding importing and relying on local produce is a better idea.

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

*China is "highly concerned about the risk of radioactive contamination brought by... Japan's food and agricultural products exported to China," a Chinese customs official said in a statement. *LMFAO china pollutes its own rivers, streams lakes and they don't band their citizens from fishing in them WTF then they go off the cliff saying they will ban all sea foods from Japan when in fact the reasons they buy from Japan is no one in China trust the toxic foods they sell in their own country. Look at the Chinese tourist when they come to Japan they clean the shelves on everything. I say this is nothing but a ploy for China to use as an excuse to extend their fishing vessels into other countries waters that they will claim their own. In China they can't grow anything currently they are in the US buying up all of the farm lands to grow and produce their own food and send back to China. Totally backwards thinking and selfishness from a country that builds something only to admire it and when they smile it falls because its crap!! The world has caught on no one wants it!

5 ( +6 / -1 )

Meanwhile, you could fill up 6 dumps trucks full of Chinese trash for every 100M of beachfront on Tohoku's Sea of Japan coast.

3 ( +5 / -2 )

It's just the usual Chinese strategy, don't look here look over there. They think that by complaining about other countries will make themselves look better, sadly it often works on the average less informed person.

3 ( +5 / -2 )

It's ridiculous reading all the hysterical anti-Japanese comments on various websites. China, while grandstanding about the health of the world's oceans, abuses the oceans like no other nations with their illegal fishing and things like illegal shark finning.

0 ( +5 / -5 )

Great. expect prices to fall

0 ( +4 / -4 )

and yet the toxic wetmarkets are completely fine and meet all forms of food hygiene standards.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

Great. expect prices to fall

Nope.

Why should Japanese fishermen and fishing companies suffer due to this political decision by China? That would be unfair.

The Japanese government should make sure reasonable prices are maintained - through finding new markets and/or ensuring domestic prices don't drop such that fishermen will suffer.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

China complaining about any type of pollution is hilarious. If this was in China, they simply wouldn't have told anyone they were dumping it. In fact, they'd probably have denied there was ever a nuclear accident in the first place.

And their dodgy fishing fleets will still trawl the waters and sell it to their public.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

I endorse China's decision to ban all seafood imports from Japan.

All countries must follow China's lead regarding this matter.

-10 ( +4 / -14 )

Plenty of other countries will pick up the slack. Purely political excuses.

Sammy Basu, You are well known for being an anti Japan troll here. Really? Chinese food. Most of it low quality rubbish. Should ban all imports tit for tat.

You can endorse what you want - no one cares.

5 ( +8 / -3 )

Chinese food. Most of it low quality rubbish. Should ban all imports tit for tat.

Chinese food is actually very nice

-8 ( +2 / -10 )

I sincerely hope that the Government of China Japanese seafood imports blanket ban, provides a respite for Japanese hard pressed families cost of living hardships, allowing a more domestics seafood forced diet at affordable prices.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

We should ban everything from China - except the yummy stuff.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

I am quite certain that China has performed worse as far as introducing pollutants into our environment radioactive or otherwise. With Fukushima, the methodology used is scientifically based, and we’re only talking about tritium not things like cesium or polonium since these isotopes are removed, using conventional means such as mechanical filtering and ion exchange resin. The Chinese communist party, on the other hand when faced with the same issue, probably would forgo any other isotope removal and just discharge the water. This is the stark reality and of course they’re not going to publicize any of it. The Chinese communist party does what they please with no regard for even their own population.

3 ( +5 / -2 )

Does China know that the Pacific Ocean flows into all of the other oceans, one of the closest being the China Sea? They will have to give up seafood across the board…if it’s actually related to health.

1 ( +3 / -2 )

I believe Japan is creating powerful enemies.

This spill is politically wrong.

-9 ( +3 / -12 )

focused not forced diet

0 ( +0 / -0 )

If China doesn't import seafood, it can simply consume it domestically or export it to other countries that need it.

$3 billion of seafood exports can be fully diverted domestically.

No matter how big China is, if you do what you say, it will end up like South Korea. China's dream can never be shared with democracies.

Strong to the weak, weak to the strong, South Korea and Japan are clearly different from each other.

-4 ( +0 / -4 )

If China doesn't import seafood, it can simply consume it domestically or export it to other countries that need it.

$3 billion of seafood exports can be fully diverted domestically.

No matter how big China is, if you do what you say, it will end up like South Korea. China's dream can never be shared with democracies.

Strong to the weak, weak to the strong, South Korea and Japan are clearly different from each other.

What?

1 ( +3 / -2 )

Tritium-enriched seafood doesn't sound too bad - may reverse aging

1 ( +3 / -2 )

If China doesn't import seafood, it can simply consume it domestically or export it to other countries that need it.

$3 billion of seafood exports can be fully diverted domestically.

No matter how big China is, if you do what you say, it will end up like South Korea. China's dream can never be shared with democracies.

Strong to the weak, weak to the strong, South Korea and Japan are clearly different from each other.

... HUH?

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Ouch. That's going to sting. Cause and effect. Japan follows us orders and bans high tech exports to China. Did the Japanese government naively think there would be no repercussions?

-5 ( +2 / -7 )

deanzaZZRToday 01:24 am JST

Ouch. That's going to sting. Cause and effect. Japan follows us orders and bans high tech exports to China. Did the Japanese government naively think there would be no repercussions?

You're just admitting the science has nothing to do with it and that China does the evil sanctions all of the time.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

I have had a bad experience in Japan with seafood (food poisoning). Never had a bad experience yet, with Chinese food.

-5 ( +4 / -9 )

The People's Republic of China uses it as a club against Japan. Politics vs. science, the CCP will do anything to bash Japan.

2 ( +5 / -3 )

China should buy as many safe seafoods from Fukushima and sell them back to Japan at higher prices.

I'm sure it'll be sold out in no time cause the Japanese loves safe Fukushima seafoods!

What a profit for China!

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

travelbangaijinToday  12:44 am JST

Tritium-enriched seafood doesn't sound too bad - may reverse aging

Hahaha! Very true! Good news for Ossan!

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

The Democratic Party of Korea adopted the platform of banning all seafood import from Japan as election campaign pledge.

So once the Democratic Party takes back the office of presidency after winning the landslide election next spring and impeaching Yoon, Korea will be the second country to have banned all seafood imports from Japan.

-6 ( +1 / -7 )

I hope China will stop fishing in Japan's EEZ and near Japan waters too!!!

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Stephen ChinToday  06:18 am JST

Not only China. All countries in the world must ban Japanese seafood.

All countries in the world must NOT eat seafood! Japan is World Enemy Number One !

GREAT IDEA!!! That will give fish stocks a chance to recover worldwide and the whole world can start eating beef and vegetables only!!!!! A WIN for the fish!!!!

1 ( +2 / -1 )

@台灣不是中國 Wake up and smell the coffee beans. The US is the leader in weaponizing financial and economic weapons including sanctions.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Fighto!

Aug. 24 09:24 pm JST

Great. expect prices to fall

> Nope.

> Why should Japanese fishermen and fishing companies suffer due to this political decision by China? That would be unfair.

> The Japanese government should make sure reasonable prices are maintained - through finding new markets and/or ensuring domestic prices don't drop such that fishermen will suffer

Actually why would the fishermen get less?

The cost of processing for export, export packing, labeling in Chinese, shipping, etc...

Would mean a massive savings, and the local fish products could be processed here and sold here cheaper and no price difference for the fishermen!

The losers would be the exporters or Chinese importers and middle men that are more likely Chinese and the Chinese processing factories in China.

So the Japanese public could easily benefit from lower prices at no loss to the fishermen.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

Alan Harrison

Today 02:25 am JST

I have had a bad experience in Japan with seafood (food poisoning). Never had a bad experience yet, with Chinese food.

Do you live in China?

How often have you eaten in China compared to Japan?

Look up "recalled" foods around the world and the top of the list is always China.

My friend's father in Australia was seriously ill they couldn't figure out what it was or how he got it until a recall of Chinese mushrooms was announced, yep he ate them in a local Chinese restaurant and they were contaminated with a very serious bacteria and subject to a nation wide recall in Australia.

Canada again recalled tonnes of Chinese fish products because again malachite green a highly toxic substance illegally used to control fungus chinese aquaculture was present in the fish.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

We eat fish five or six times a week. Very careful with shell food. But no health problems over 30 years. I am very careful with all food and preparations.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

China bans Japanese seafood, but you can still buy Chinese farmed shrimp, raised beneath the chicken coops so the farmer can use the chicken droppings as feed for the shrimp.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Its simple for Japan to counter act.

Just show to China "International Atomic Energy Agency" Watchdog approval to discharge Fukushima Water after Technical Cleaning to UNDER MINIMUM acceptable levels!

China, before saying something of great importance, should be able to prove or check! Or China intentions is to blame any Japan act?

Geez China...instead of crucify Japan of a result of a calamity (earthquake)...try to help. No help? Just sanctions? Ok...Japan understand the message and knows what You want!

0 ( +0 / -0 )

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