Japan to Tighten Checks on Some S. Korean Fishery Products

Politics

Tokyo, May 30 (Jiji Press)--Japan's health ministry said Thursday that it will strengthen monitoring inspections on flatfish and some other fishery products from South Korea, effective Saturday.

The ministry characterized the measure as an effort to safeguard the health of Japanese people ahead of summer, when food poisoning cases tend to increase.

But the tighter inspections are likely to be a de facto countermeasure against South Korea, which has been banning imports of fishery products from Fukushima and seven other Japanese prefectures since the March 2011 nuclear accident at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.'s <9501> disaster-stricken Fukushima No. 1 plant, analysts say.

According to the ministry, the tighter inspections will also cover refrigerated shucked arch shells, fan mussels, cockles and sea urchins.

For some of them, imports from countries other than South Korea will also be subject to the stricter checks.

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