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Japan counters ROK at IAEA regarding handling of treated water from Fukushima daiichi

By Ken Matsui

 

VIENNA – On Sept. 22 at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) General Conference being held in Vienna, the South Korean delegation expressed concerns about the treated contaminated water stored at TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Japanese delegation countered: “Japan shares the relevant information with the international community using an appropriate method based on international law.” For the second year in a row, Japan and South Korea exchanged barbs at the IAEA forum.

 

It is now being deliberated whether the treated water should be released into the sea or into the atmosphere. In its talk on Sept. 22, South Korea said that Japan has an obligation to clearly explain the matter to the international community before deciding what to do with the water.

 

In response, the Japanese government delegation asked to make a statement after the various countries had spoken, and the Japanese delegate said, “The IAEA among others thinks highly of our work to decommission the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. We will continue to cooperate fully with the IAEA.”

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