Japan has threatened to take China to the World Trade Organization (WTO) to lift Beijing's ban on all seafood imports following the release of treated radioactive water from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
According to Reuters, Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi indicated that the move could involve various actions, including filing a complaint with the WTO, if diplomatic protests to China prove ineffective.
This comes after Japanese entities received numerous threatening calls from Chinese phone numbers, with an increasing number of users requesting phone companies to block foreign numbers.
Responding to the government's request, NTT East, which serves the eastern half of the country including Fukushima, revealed that it established a customer service center specifically for threatening calls from abroad on August 29.
Japanese Trade Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura expressed concern over the high volume of harassment calls, likely originating from China, and urged an immediate cessation of these calls as they have reportedly reached hospitals, emphasizing the value of human life at stake.
The government is collating information on reports of boycott movements against Japanese products in China and aims to collaborate with business leaders to address the situation.
Interviews with local travel agencies are also underway to gather information on the status of trips from China to Japan following reports of some tours being canceled, with some agencies receiving inquiries about food and beverage safety and the potential postponement or cancellation of tours.