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China suspends all seafood imports from Japan on Fukushima discharge

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China, led by President Xi Jinping, has condemned Japan's release into the ocean of treated water from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. (Nikkei montage/Source photos by Kyodo and Reuters) 

HONG KONG/SEOUL -- China announced it would suspend all seafood imports from Japan as treated water from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant began to be released into the Pacific Ocean on Thursday.

China's customs said the suspension on aquatic products including seafood was to "protect the health of Chinese consumers." The country's foreign ministry condemned Japan's move as "selfish and irresponsible."

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