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A town north of Fukushima takes great care, time and effort to produce a seafood delicacy that is prized among wealthy diners in China. In fact, kippin dried abalone has become a kind of bond linking Japan to mainland China, a bond that is now fraying. (Source photo by Yuki Kohara) 
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Analysis: Japan's prized abalone now a target of Chinese politics

Beijing's hard line on Fukushima water is upsetting fishermen of kippin, a hidden delicacy

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

Katsuji Nakazawa is a Tokyo-based senior staff and editorial writer at Nikkei. He spent seven years in China as a correspondent and later as China bureau chief. He was the 2014 recipient of the Vaughn-Ueda International Journalist prize.

It's wrong, a fisherman in the small port town of Konpaku, in Japan's northeastern prefecture of Iwate, complained, "I don't understand that Chinese policy."

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