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TEPCO to build undersea tunnel to release Fukushima water into ocean

All national dailies wrote that Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. has decided to release treated radioactive water from its Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant into waters 1 km off the coast by constructing an approximately 1 km-long undersea tunnel. The company is planning to announce the plan today and submit a construction plan to the Nuclear Regulation Authority for review in September. The operator of the plant is planning to begin discharging treated water in the spring of 2023. Nikkei wrote that although the company hopes that discharging the water offshore will help prevent the spread of ungrounded rumors about radioactive contamination of Fukushima seafood, it remains to be seen whether the move will allay concerns of local fishermen.

Meanwhile, the GOJ announced on Tuesday that it will establish a new fund to purchase marine products as an emergency step to support Fukushima fishermen if the planned discharge of treated radioactive water from the Fukushima plant hurts their sales.

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