“Korea President’s Office Restricts Video Filming on Request to Resume Sea Spray Imports from Japan”

President Yoon Seok-yeol at the meeting with Japan-Korea Friendship Organizations and Political Leaders 2023.3.17

The Mainichi Shimbun reported that when the Japan-Korea Parliamentary Federation asked President Yoon Seok-yeol, who was visiting Japan on the 17th, to resume importing Japanese sea spray, an official in the presidential office stopped the Japanese side from filming a video.

Today, in a column titled “The subtle temperature difference between Korea and Japan” by Koga Ko, editor of Mainichi, Mainichi presented some of the conversations that President Yoon had with Japanese political leaders in Tokyo.

According to reports, in response to Fukushiro Nukaga, chairman of the Japan-Korea Parliamentary Federation, President Yoon said, “The past government tended to avoid confrontation.”

At the same time, according to the procedures of the International Atomic Energy Agency, he responded that he would try to understand the Japanese side even if it takes time.

President Yoon seems to have avoided giving a clear answer on whether to resume importing, but Commissioner Goga interpreted that “it sounds positive for resumption.”

“Then the president’s staff stopped filming the conversation, telling the Japanese side, ‘Stop the video,'” Koga said.

Regarding this, the high commissioner interpreted it as ‘due to reasons such as not wanting to provoke the leftists in Korea who are oversensitive to the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident’.

According to the high-level commissioner, 70% of the sea sprays caught on the coast of Miyagi Prefecture, Japan were exported to Korea, but the Korean government banned imports after the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident.


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