Japan asked South Korea on Monday to rescind its expanded import ban on fisheries products from eight prefectures related to concern with radiation-contaminated water leaking into the Pacific Ocean from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 power plant.

Kenji Kagawa, director general of the Fisheries Agency's Resources Enhancement Promotion Department, made the request in a meeting with officials from South Korea's Food and Drug Safety Ministry.

"As we listened to Japan's opinions, we will review the situation with experts," a South Korean ministry official said.