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The Japanese government on Thursday asked the World Trade Organization to set up a panel to rule over South Korea’s import ban on Japanese fishery products following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear crisis that Tokyo says violates international trade rules.

The move comes after the two countries failed to resolve the issue through consultations that took place under WTO procedures. Tokyo is claiming the South Korean ban has no scientific grounds, while Seoul is arguing that its trade restrictions are legitimate steps to ensure food safety for its people amid radioactive water leakages from the crippled power plant.

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