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Imports of Japanese fishery products into S Korea dip by Kim Tae-gyu February 21,2012   |  Source: Korea Times

Fears of nuclear contagion seemingly prompted Koreans to almost halve their imports of Japanese fishery products in the aftermath of the Fukushima accident in last year.

The Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MIFAFF) announced Wednesday that the country imported a total of 40,466 tons of marine products from Japan in 2011, down 47 percent from a year before.

Instead, Korea turned to Chile and Russia as inbound shipments from the two countries rocketed by 67 and 13 percent year-on-year in 2011, respectively.

''The production of Japanese marine products plummeted in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear accident last March and Koreans also avoided them due to fears of contamination,’’ MIFAFF official Kim Myung-hee said.

''Such a trend is expected to continue for the time being because things aren’t likely to change in the near future either in Korea or Japan.’’

In terms of overall amounts, Korea’s dependency on China, Russia and Taiwan went up due to the decreased trade with Japan.

China remained as the largest exporter of marine products to Korea last year with 316,926 tons, followed by Russia with 308,021 tons and Taiwan with 61,297 tons. The three accounted for around two thirds of Korea’s total imports in this area.

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