Korea's Ambassador to Japan Lee Byung-kee on Tuesday proposed that Seoul and Tokyo jointly check Japanese fisheries exports for radiation.
He made the proposal in a meeting Tuesday with five Japanese fisheries industry representatives who visited the embassy to protest against the ban.
The checks would target exports from the eight prefectures surrounding Fukushima, which was the scene of a massive nuclear disaster in 2011.
Lee's request follows a Korean ban on imports from the eight prefectures and aims to smooth ruffled feathers in Japan. Lee said it would be helpful for Japan to "gain trust" by turning to a neighboring country or even the IAEA to join the inspection.
For the time being, the ambassador said, the import ban is "unavoidable" and stems from the "grave concerns" of Korean consumers not only about Japanese fisheries but marine products as a whole.
Hiroshi Kishi, head of Japan’s National Federation of Fisheries Cooperative Associations, claimed the import ban lacks scientific justification.
The ban went into force on Sept. 9 after Japan admitted a massive leak of radioactive water into the sea from the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant.