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To decide Fukushima water disposal at “appropriate time”: Suga

Tokyo, Jan. 12 (Jiji Press)–Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Tuesday that the government will work out “at an appropriate time” a policy on how to dispose of treated radioactive water from the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.


Suga made the remarks in writing in response to a question from media, modifying his earlier comments on the matter.


The government will “take responsibility and make a decision at an appropriate time on the way to dispose of” the treated water from the Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. <9501> plant in Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan, Suga said.


At a press conference in Jakarta last October, the prime minister said that the government would make a decision on the disposal of the treated water, which still contains tritium, a radioactive substance, “as soon as possible.”


An unprecedented triple meltdown occurred at the nuclear plant soon after it was heavily damaged by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.


Local fishers are concerned that discharging the water into the ocean, as proposed by the government, would lead to misinformation about the safety of Fukushima seafood and.


“We will work hard on measures against such harmful rumors,” Suga said.

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