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Japan’s plan to release into the sea treated radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant would delay the removal of food import restrictions by overseas economies, Japanese fisheries industry executive Kazuhiko Utsumi said in a recent interview.

There is a great deal of concern, especially among fishermen, that the water release will further damage the reputations of food produced in Fukushima Prefecture, said Utsumi, executive director of the Japan Fisheries Association, which comprises groups of fishermen, distributors and processors.

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