Japan faces threat to sushi from US vote

Peter Alford, 5/3/10

Japanese hopes of keeping open a prized fishery suffered a severe blow yesterday when the US announced it would vote for a total ban on international trade in Atlantic bluefin tuna. Imports from the East Atlantic and Mediterranean, which could be completely shut down by the threatened ban, would reduce Japan’s sources of bluefin tuna by about 20 per cent. US support not only raises the likelihood of the ban vote succeeding next week but means Japan will come under heavy pressure from its principal ally if, as threatened, it defies the embargo. The world’s most voracious seafood consumers, the Japanese eat bluefin tuna mainly as premium sushi and sashimi and take about 80 per cent of the world supply.

See: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/japan-faces-threat-to-sushi-from-us-vote/story-e6frg6so-1225837127158; http://www.theage.com.au/environment/conservation/us-backs-bluefin-tuna-trade-ban-20100304-plqt.html