Last week, Japan’s then environment minister, Yoshiaki Harada, made news with a pronouncement that wasn’t news. The storage tanks at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear site, filled with radioactive water, were reaching capacity. By 2022 there would be no room for more tanks on the present site. Japan would then have to dump the radioactive water stored in the tanks into the Pacific Ocean, he said. Although likely unrelated to those remarks, a day later, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dispatched 19 of his cabinet ministers, including Harada. Harada was replaced as environment minister by rising star, Shinjiro Koizumi, the son of former primer minister, Junichiro Koizumi. Both father and son are opposed to nuclear energy, and on his first day in office, the younger Koizumi told reporters that he believed Japan should end its use of nuclear energy and close its nuclear power plants.
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On September 10, Japan’s former environment minister Yoshiaki Harada stated, “My impression is that the only option is to release it into the ocean,” referring to contaminated water from TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant that has been treated and is being stored on-site at the power plant. For reasons stated below, FoE Japan views his statement as unfounded, irresponsible, and inappropriate to make as an environment minister and politician.
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