6 years on: Japanese food still shut out of some overseas markets
Jiji -- Mar 16
Some countries and regions still maintain import bans on Japanese fishery and agricultural products, six years after Japan's worst nuclear accident at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.'s <9501> disaster-stricken Fukushima No. 1 plant.

Safety concerns over Japanese products remain especially strong in China and other neighboring economies, leaving Japanese fishery and farm producers mired in tough business conditions.

There are signs of hope, however, with some producers enjoying export growth after exploring new markets, industry sources said.

Miyagi Prefecture was the largest producer of sea squirts before the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Some 70 pct of Japan's production of sea squirts was exported to South Korea.

But in 2013, South Korea stopped imports of fishery products from eight prefectures in Japan, including Miyagi, Iwate and Fukushima, the three northeastern prefectures hit hardest by the disaster.

News source: Jiji
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