Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is inviting controversy over his reported remarks on contaminated water from Fukushima made during his recent summit with President Moon Jae-in. Japanese newspaper Sankei Shimbun reported on Dec. 29 that Abe told Moon that the amount of radioactivity in the water from the drainage of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant is less than one percent of that of South Korea’s Wolseong nuclear power plant in Gyeongju, North Gyeongsang Province. The report said Abe seemed to have cited a 2016 Japanese government report on the radioactive water at Fukushima. But experts said Monday that such a claim needs to be verified thoroughly and accordingly also with a clear standard that can be applied equally in both countries. They also pointed out that the issue of contaminated water from the Fukushima plant is often brought up in political contexts in both countries, therefore bringing misunderstanding among the public.
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