Japan has put off a decision to release treated radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea, government sources said Friday, after reports of a formal decision later this month triggered strong opposition from fishermen. Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Hiroshi Kajiyama told a press conference Friday the government has no plan to make a decision on what to do with over 1.2 million tons of treated water as reported. His remark came after other government sources said last week it would decide on the release of the water on Tuesday. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said last month, during a visit to the Fukushima Daiichi plant which suffered meltdowns following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, that the government wants “to make a decision as soon as possible” on how to deal with the water.
Kyodo News 23rd Oct 2020 read more »
The government decided to delay authorizing a controversial plan to release treated radioactive water into the ocean from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant in response to mounting outrage from fishermen and local leaders. Officials said the government was expected to finalize a disposal method at a meeting of relevant ministries as early as on Oct. 27. But industry minister Hiroshi Kajiyama told an Oct. 23 meeting of a government task force on the issue that the decision could be postponed beyond late this month.
Asahi Shimbun 24th Oct 2020 read more »
Radioactive water from Japan nuclear plant can ‘change human DNA’. There are fears that contaminated water gathered from the site of the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster will be released into the Pacific Ocean despite being contaminated with radioactive particles.
Daily Star 24th Oct 2020 read more »