Japan plans to carefully pour Fukushima nuclear water into the Pacific

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Japan is waiting for the approval to pour around a million cubic meters of treated water from the Fukushima nuclear disaster site into the Pacific Ocean.

“China has called for the suspension of a Japanese plan to begin releasing radioactive water from the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea, ahead of a UN report that is expected to give its approval to the scheme.

Beijing denounced this plan as “extremely irresponsible” when it was announced in 2021 and reiterated its opposition on Tuesday, as International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief, Rafael Grossi, begins a four-day visit in which he is set to deliver the results of the body’s safety review.” The Guardian 

The amount of water Japan is trying to discharge into the Pacific is around 500 Olympic swimming pools. This water comes from the recent earthquake and tsunami in 2011 that caused the world’s worst atomic disaster since Chernobyl.

“The water is treated safely, according to the industrial health and safety standards on water wasting dumping,” says Japan. Opposing this idea is The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman saying 
“The ocean is “not Japan’s private sewer,” 

Saying, it was ethical to pour nuclear-contaminated water and exposed the rest of the world to these radioactive chemicals. 

Not only China is opposed to this treated water discharge, South Korea and the Pacific Island Forum, formed by 18 nations are urging Japan to consider different alternatives. Australia, Papua New Guinea, and Fiji are also inviting Japan to not take these suggestions lightly and dismiss people’s fear and uncertainties. 

Treated or untreated water waste dumping should be a conscious decision made by all the countries affected by this event. It is heartbreaking and a complete lack of respect and comradery for one country to take a decision based on individual needs and wants. 

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