Is there a secret agreement between the EU and Japan to re-export contaminated seafood to other countries?! Here is what you need to know!
Claim : EU + Japan Have Secret Agreement To Re-Export Seafood!
People are sharing this message on WhatsApp and social media, claiming that there is a secret agreement between the EU and Japan to re-export contaminated seafood to other countries!
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No Evidence EU + Japan Have Secret Agreement To Re-Export Seafood!
This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created by the Chinese 50 Cent Army (wumao, 五毛) to scare people into boycotting Japan and Japanese food, and here are the reasons why…
Fact #1 : EU Lifted Final Fukushima Food Import Restrictions
This claim appears to be based on a 13 July 2023 decision by the European Union (EU) to lift its remaining restrictions on food imports from Japan after the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
The EU placed a strict maximum radioactivity level of 100 Bq/kg on food from Japan since June 2011, requiring pre-export testing of food products for radioactivity.
The EU only made this decision after finding that there was not even a single case of non-compliance over 12 years of monitoring food imports from Japan.
Let me repeat this – Japan has, not even once, exported any contaminated food items to the EU in the past 12 years.
Fact #2 : EU Progressively Reduced Fukushima Food Import Restrictions
It is also important to point out that the EU has reviewed its food import restrictions on Japan every two years, and has progressively lifted those restrictions .
In its last review on September 2021, the restrictions were only limited to wild mushrooms, some fish species, and wild edible plants from the prefectures of Fukushima, Miyagi,, Gunma, Yamanashi, Yamagata, Iwata, Shizuoka, Ibaraki, Nagano, and Niigata.
In other words, the EU had been progressively lifting food import restrictions on Japan, and only lifted its remaining restrictions on 13 July 2023. It was not like they suddenly lifted all food restrictions on that day.
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Fact #3 : China Did Not Suspend EU Seafood Imports
On 24 August 2023, China announced an immediate blanket ban on all seafood imports from Japan. However, the import ban does not affect non-seafood food imports from Japan like vegetables, fruits, or canned food.
There is no evidence that China suspended seafood imports from 12 EU countries over fears of radioactive seafood being re-exported from Japan.
Fact #4 : There Is No Evidence Of Any Secret EU + Japan Re-Export Plan
There is also no evidence at all that the European Union (EU) has any secret plan to re-export contaminated seafood from Japan to other countries.
Of course, you may be thinking – how would I know since this is a secret agreement? Well, where is the evidence there is such a secret agreement?
Did the viral message include any evidence of such an agreement between the EU and Japan? No. So why should YOU believe some random claim circulating on WhatsApp / social media, with zero evidence to back it up?
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Fact #5 : EU Seafood Re-Export Plan Not Logical
It is easy to claim that the EU is willing to help the Japanese re-export their contaminated seafood to other countries, but it’s really not logical.
For one thing – it is prohibitively expensive to export all those seafood to any European Union country, for re-export to China, Asia and the Middle East. It would also be quite impossible for EU countries to mask the Japan-native seafood species, and claim that they were caught in Europe!
Finally, such activities would be easily exposed by any importing country simply conducting radioactivity screening of imported food products.
Fact #5 : Japan Seafood Exports Are Only Worth €2.4 Billion
The claim that Japan is paying the EU billions of euros every year to re-export radioactive Japanese seafood is also not logical.
For one thing – the global export value of Japanese seafood in 2022 is only 387 billion yen, or about $2.6 billion / €2.4 billion.
Even if Japan exclusively exports ALL of its seafood to the EU to re-export to unsuspecting countries, it does not make financial sense to pay the EU a “bribe” of billions of euros to export only €2.4 billion worth of seafood!
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Fact #7 : This Is Just Fake News About Fukushima
There is no doubt that Japan is facing a LOT of criticism over its release of the Fukushima waste water, even though IAEA and many experts have endorsed the plan.
However, this is just another example of FAKE NEWS being created around the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster. Here are other examples I fact checked earlier:
- What Makes Fukushima Radioactive Water Different?
- Did Fukushima Just Release Black Radioactive Water?!
- Did Hong Kong Just Ban ALL Food From Japan?!
- Fukushima Waste Water Release : Should You Be Worried?!
- The Highly Radioactive Japanese Food Video Explained!
- Truth About FDA Import Alert 99-33 On Japanese Food!
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