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GOJ to consider discharging treated radioactive water from Fukushima into ocean

  • April 6, 2021
  • , Fuji TV
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Fuji TV reported at noon on the finding that Prime Minister Suga will meet with President Kishi of the National Federation of Fisheries Cooperative Associations as early as Wednesday and convene a meeting of Cabinet members as early as next week to begin examining the possibility of discharging the treated radioactive water stored at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant into the ocean. The network said the treated water containing tritium is being stored in tanks on the premises of the nuclear plant and TEPCO predicts that the tanks will reach full capacity as early as the fall of 2022. The network said the GOJ is in the process of coordinating the views of experts and others on the possibility of discharging the treated water into the ocean, adding that Prime Minister Suga said in Fukushima last month that the GOJ “should not put off making a decision.” Meanwhile, the network said the National Federation of Fisheries Cooperative Associations has been calling on the GOJ to make a “careful decision” on the matter. The network added that although there is deep-rooted opposition to the discharge of the water from Fukushima mainly among fishermen out of fear of harmful rumors, the GOJ’s handling of the treated water will enter a new phase 10 years after the Fukushima nuclear accident.

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