S.Korea's imports of Japanese seafood post biggest on-year drop last year since 2012: data

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South Korea's imports of Japanese seafood posted the biggest on-year decrease last year since 2012, a year after the Fukushima nuclear accident, data showed Sunday, Yonhap reports.

South Korea imported Japanese fish and shellfish worth a combined US$151.9 million in 2023, down 12.8 percent from a year earlier, according to data compiled by the Korea Customs Service.

The drop was the biggest since 2012, when South Korea's imports of Japanese seafood plunged 33.3 percent on-year due to safety concerns after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was crippled by a massive earthquake and tsunami in 2011.

In 2013, South Korea banned all seafood imports from eight Japanese prefectures near Fukushima.

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