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Japan to spend 500 m. yen to fight Fukushima n-plant water rumors

  • December 15, 2020
  • , Jiji Press , 6:31 p.m.
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Tokyo, Dec. 15 (Jiji Press)–Japan’s industry ministry has earmarked 500 million yen in the third supplementary budget for fiscal 2020 for efforts to combat harmful rumors regarding treated radioactive water from the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, it was learned Tuesday.

 

The government is hoping to release the water into the ocean off Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan, and the money will be used to prevent harmful rumors about fisheries products from the region and import restrictions on them by foreign countries.

 

It is the first time that funds will be allocated specifically for publicity programs regarding the treated radioactive water at the plant of Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. <9501>.

 

The government claims that the treated water is safe, but concerns over the discharge plan remain strong in the local fisheries industry. It hopes to gain understanding for the plan by producing online videos and television programs on the matter.

 

The water is currently stored in tanks on the premises of the Fukushima No. 1 plant, but the government believes they will reach full capacity by around autumn 2022.

 

Around two years of preparation is necessary from the approval of the ocean release plan to its execution, and Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has said that a decision on the matter “can’t be postponed forever.”

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