A high-ranking Japanese official is on his way to Seoul to protest against the Korean government's ban of fisheries products from waters near the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant.
Kenji Kagawa of the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries is to meet with officials from the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety and Ministry of Oceans and Fishers to listen to their explanations and ask them to reconsider.
On Sept. 6, the government here banned imports of fisheries products from Fukushima, Ibaraki, Gunma, Miyagi, Iwate and Chiba prefectures.
Japan's Sankei Shimbun daily on Saturday reported Tokyo also plans to file a suit against Korea at the World Trade Organization for the import ban.
Japanese Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga also took aim at Korea, demanding "scientific evidence" to back up the import ban.
But the WTO has never yet accepted a suit involving radioactive food products that could harm public health and chances are extremely low that Japan's filing would be accepted, experts say.
Japan is apparently acting tough to prevent other countries from following suit. Already Tokyo is in talks with the EU and Middle Eastern countries to ease import restriction on products from Japan following the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
China, Taiwan and Russia have also banned imports of Japanese fisheries products, and 45 other countries are demanding proof of safety from Tokyo.
The Sankei speculated that Korea's import ban, which was announced around the time Tokyo won its bid to host the 2020 Olympics, was aimed at jeopardizing its chances to host the sporting event.