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WTO panel said to back Japan on Fukushima fish ban

Tokyo has called South Korean restrictions on seafood imports unfair

A worker scans fish for possible radioactive contamination at a market in Seoul on Sept. 6, 2013.   © Reuters

GENEVA/SEOUL -- A World Trade Organization panel has apparently ruled in Japan's favor in a dispute over South Korean restrictions on imports of Japanese seafood imposed after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, according to a source familiar with the matter.

Both sides had been informed of the panel's decision as of Tuesday. Tokyo declined to reveal the outcome but said it was "consistent with Japan's position." A final report is expected to be made public by next spring.

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