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South Korea to continue ban on seafood from Fukushima

Trade and historical matters are complicating efforts to heal bilateral ties

A worker unloads a basket of fish in Soma, a city in Japan's Fukushima Prefecture, on Jan. 19.   © AFP/Jiji

SEOUL -- South Korea announced it will maintain a ban on imports of seafood from Japan's Fukushima Prefecture, in the latest of a series of hiccups that have arisen since a historic summit in Tokyo two weeks ago.

South Korea has for the past decade banned imports of food from the area due to concerns over food safety and fears of radiation contamination following the 2011 nuclear disaster.

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