Japan says fishery exports safe for consumption

TOKYO Thu Sep 5, 2013 10:59pm EDT

Fishermen work on a moored fishing boat at a fishery harbour in Futtsu, east of Tokyo April 25, 2013. REUTERS/Issei Kato

Fishermen work on a moored fishing boat at a fishery harbour in Futtsu, east of Tokyo April 25, 2013.

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TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's top government spokesman said on Friday that the country's fishery exports are safe for consumption because of the stringent inspection procedure in place.

The comment was made after South Korea said it is banning all fishery product imports from eight Japanese prefectures, including Fukushima, due to concerns about radiation contamination from the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant.

"We are conducting strict safety controls based on international standards. If (radiation) readings are above the standards, shipment will be stopped," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a regular news conference.

(Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka; Editing by Shinichi Saoshiro)

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