Most Japanese people must be surprised and taken aback by the recent news from Beijing.

China not only imposed a total ban on Japanese marine products starting on Aug. 24, but the following day it also announced additional measures to prohibit domestic operators from processing, preparing and selling such products.

The International Atomic Energy Agency found Japan's discharge of treated water via the advanced liquid processing system, or ALPS, from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant into the ocean to be "consistent with relevant international safety standards," and even neighboring South Korea did not call on Japan to halt the discharge.