Shaun Burnie: Greenpeace: Japan must reverse decision. The decision of the Japanese government on Tuesday to proceed with plans for discharging radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean is a direct threat to the marine environment, public health and fisheries, and violates the human rights of people in Japan as well as other countries. In total, 1.25 million cubic meters of highly contaminated water from the disabled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is currently stored in tanks. Nearly 800,000 cubic meters still contains high levels of radioactive strontium-90 and iodine-129 and other radionuclides. This is because the technology used — the ALPS system — failed to reduce radioactive elements as claimed by the plant owner, Tokyo Electric Power Company. It’s unclear whether they will be successful in doing so over the coming years.
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A mascot launched by the Japanese government to coincide with its decision to release treated water from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant into the ocean has become the target of criticism by local residents, with many saying it is out of sync with the harsh reality of the situation. The Reconstruction Agency on Tuesday released a flyer and video on its website featuring the radioactive substance tritium as a cute character to dispel concerns about the government’s decision, but they were removed Wednesday night following the criticism. Riken Komatsu, 41, a writer involved in reconstruction activities in Iwaki, tweeted, “If (the government) thinks it can get the general public to understand just by creating a cute character, it is making a mockery of risk communication.” Komatsu told Kyodo News that local fishermen are doing all they can to fight against the release of the water containing tritium into the sea, with many Fukushima residents trying their best to suppress their anger. “The gap between the gravity of the problems we face and the levity of the character is huge,” he said.
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China on Wednesday asked Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso to drink treated radioactive water accumulated at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, after he said it is safe to drink it. “A Japanese official said it is okay if we drink this water, so then please drink it,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters, adding Japan’s ignorance of the ecological environment is “totally unjustifiable.”
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