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Poll: Japan’s nuclear pollution decision to enter the sea causes Koreans to reduce seafood consumption

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The analysis believes that although Japan plans to start discharging nuclear sewage into the sea in two years, Korean consumers’ concerns about the safety of Nissan’s seafood have begun to heat up. (Reuters)

South Korean Consumer Citizens' Organization conducted the above survey on April 22 and 23 with 500 consumers in the 20 to 60 age group living in Seoul and Gyeonggi Province.

 The South Korean consumer rights group “Consumer Citizens Organization” recently released a poll showing that after Japan decided to discharge sewage from the Fukushima nuclear power plant into the sea, more than 60% of South Koreans reduced their consumption of aquatic products.

Yonhap News Agency reported that the South Korean Consumer Citizens’ Organization conducted the above survey on April 22 and 23 with 500 consumers in the 20 to 60 age group living in Seoul and Gyeonggi Province.

The results showed that 63.2% of the respondents answered that the consumption of aquatic products had decreased, and 36.2% answered that there was no change. Regarding the impact of Japanese nuclear sewage discharge on their own aquatic product consumption, 91.2% answered that they would reduce consumption.

In addition, 69.6% of respondents believed that they did not trust enough in the safety management of Nissan Seafood. Regarding the policies needed to ensure the safety of aquatic products, 54.4% answered “prohibit the import of all Nissan aquatic products”, “strengthen the radiation inspection and management of Nissan seafood” (27.8%), and “increase the management of the origin of aquatic products” (6.4 %) are listed next.

The analysis believes that although Japan plans to start discharging nuclear sewage into the sea in two years, Korean consumers’ concerns about the safety of Nissan’s seafood have begun to heat up, and consumption of aquatic products is expected to shrink further.

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