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GOJ officially decides to discharge treated radioactive water into sea

  • April 13, 2021
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All networks reported at noon that the GOJ officially decided this morning to discharge the treated radioactive water stored at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant into the ocean after reducing the tritium level in the water to below the government standard. The networks said the GOJ will increase the monitoring of the tritium level before and after the discharge and take thorough measures to prevent harmful rumors from spreading. In addition, the GOJ is reportedly calling on TEPCO to pay compensation if any damage occurs as a result. According to the networks, the GOJ has called on TEPCO to begin preparations and set up the necessary facilities to release the water in about two years’ time. The release of the water is likely to continue for 30 to 40 years. NHK said the tritium level will be reduced to one-fortieth of the government standard and one-seventh of the WHO’s guideline for drinking water. The head of the national federation of fisheries cooperatives, Hiroshi Kishi, voiced strong opposition to the decision, calling it “utterly unacceptable.”

The networks reported on the growing opposition to the GOJ’s decision in South Korea, saying that members of an environmental group held a rally in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul calling on Japan to reverse the decision. The South Korean government reportedly said the decision to discharge the water was made unilaterally without sufficient consultations with South Korea and cannot be accepted. The Chinese government reportedly released a comment saying: “We conveyed our grave concerns to the Japanese side and called for a careful approach.”

Meanwhile, several networks reported that the State Department released a statement saying that Japan “has been transparent about its decision and appears to have adopted an approach in accordance with globally accepted nuclear safety standards.”

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