“Japan will continue to provide explanations based on scientific evidence to Russia in a highly transparent manner and in good faith, while undergoing the review by the IAEA (the International Atomic Energy Agency),” the Monday statement said.
On Oct 10, the Japanese foreign ministry said that the Japanese side had explained to Russia its inspection methods for radioactive materials, including tritium, in aquatic products and “the safety of Japanese aquatic products based on scientific evidence”.
A significant portion of Russia’s fish and seafood is caught in the waters of its far eastern regions that are relatively close to Japan. Additionally, over January to September, Russia imported 118 metric tonnes of fish and seafood from Japan, according to Rosselkhoznadzor.
Japan, meanwhile, is among the biggest export markets for Russian seafood, along with China and South Korea.
The IAEA Marine Environmental Laboratories will visit Japan from Oct 16 to 23 for inspection of the Fukushima water release, and independent third-party laboratories from Canada, China and South Korea will participate in this year’s monitoring.