After the Fukushima Nuclear disaster in 2011, many mass media started to warn about Fukushima and Japanese products, In consequence, the Korean Government started to regulate the importation of agricultural and marine products from Japan. Korea Food and Drug administration, in May 25th 2013, announced that they will stop importation of some items from Chiba. As the result of this policy, importation from 8 provinces, 21 kind of agricultural and whole marine products are restricted. They also noted that they will reinforce this regulation if radioactive material is detected from other items. In consequence, the consumption of agricultural and marine products is in rapid decline. The whole market suffers sales slump and price drops due to the worrying of consumers about radioactive contamination of the products.
According to the Agricultural marketing industry, the average price of fresh agricultural products has generally fallen (2011.4.22) as wholesale market on a national scale. For example, price of green chili pepper (10kg) is 28,800won which is less than half of a year ago price, 61,200 won. Also in other products, the prices also declined about half of last year price. The agricultural industry officials said that the main reason of this price drop is apprehension by Fukushima nuclear disaster.
The marine products are is under same circumstances. According to the sales volume of marine product in E-mart, marine products which fished in the East sea and Southern sea which is near to the Japan falls off 40% as maximum. The marine industry official said that the consumer is having unconditional repulsion about both Japan marine product and domestic marine products.
But, the fear of Koreans toward Agricultural and marine products is unnecessary since The Korean’s importation of Agricultural and marine products from Fukushima is strictly regulated and also other japanese, and domestic agricultural and marine products’ radiation level also accurately regulated by reinforced standards, furthermore, the standard of regulation is also reliable since when convert the standard into amount of radiation exposure in one year (연간피폭량), it is not largely different to natural radiation exposure dosage.
Radiation state and import restriction of and agricultural and marine products at eight provinces near Fukushima.
After the restriction which mentioned at introduction, restriction about Japan’s importation about agricultural and marine product became stronger. At September 6th, 2013, Government of Korea announced that they decide to ban the every import of marine products which are caught at 8 cities of Japan. Banned cities are Fukushima and other neighboring cities, Aomori, Iwate, Ibaraki, Miyagi, Tochigi, Chiba, and Gunma. Before the announcement, Korea has banned around fifty kinds of marine products. Growing of worries of people and difficultness predicting the future by information offered by Japanese Government about situation of radioactivity...