Japanese government approves plan to release treated Fukushima water into sea

South Korean civic activists stage a protest against the Japanese government's decision to discharge radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean during a news conference in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul

South Korean civic activists stage a protest against the Japanese government's decision to discharge radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean during a news conference in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul

Fishing unions in Fukushima have urged the government for years not to release the water, arguing it would have a "catastrophic impact" on the industry.

The ALPS filtration process removes most radioactive elements from the water, but some remain, including tritium.

The Japanese government plans to dilute the contaminated water before releasing it so that some harmful substances can be reduced to allowable levels.

Japan has argued the water release is necessary to press ahead with the complex decommissioning of the plant after it was crippled by a 2011 natural disaster and tsunami, pointing out that similarly filtered water is routinely released from nuclear plants around the world.

While briefing reporters on the results of the meeting, Koo said the government would officially deliver its concerns to the Japanese government and express Koreans' opposition to the plan, adding that the government would take the necessary measures to keep Koreans from radioactive water from the Fukushima plant.

Since September 2013 Korea has banned imports of fisheries products from eight Japanese prefectures adjacent to the Fukushima plant.

The water needs to be filtered again to remove harmful isotopes and will be diluted to meet global standards before any release.

Photo taken from a Kyodo News helicopter on January 8, 2021, shows tanks storing treated radioactive water on the premises of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant crippled in the March 2011 huge quake and tsunami. The steady release of even a small amount of radioactive material will have a lasting effect on marine life.

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The US State Department, however, said Japan had been "transparent about its decision, and appears to have adopted an approach in accordance with globally accepted nuclear safety standards".

The strong reactions from some of Japan's closest neighbors followed a decision by Tokyo earlier in the day to discharge the water into the Pacific, starting in around two years' time, despite worries among local fishermen and countries nearby.

Beijing said the ocean was the "common property of mankind" and the disposal of the nuclear waste water "is not just Japan's domestic issue".

China said Japan's plan would be damaging to public health and complained Tokyo had made a decision to dispose of the nuclear waste water "without regard for domestic and foreign doubts and opposition".

The United Nations had warned the Japanese government in June 2020 and again this past March to delay any decision on discharging the radioactive water into the sea until the COVID-19 pandemic is over and appropriate global discussions are held.

Anti-nuclear activist group Greenpeace hit out at Japan's government for having "once again failed the people of Fukushima".

Q: How does the global community view the release?

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