It was pointed out that these arguments were paving the way for emissions. However, Japanese media said that fishermen worried about damaged image continued to express opposition, and the Korean government also intensified its criticism, the situation became increasingly chaotic.
Japanese officials frequently mention discharging into the sea
There is no alternative to decisive emissions. On September 10, the day before the cabinet reshuffle, former Prime Minister Ichiro Tanaka spoke at a press conference about his one-year experience in office and took the initiative to talk about water treatment beyond his jurisdiction.
Subsequently, the matter affected proliferation. Chief Housing Officer Kan Yiwei called it a personal opinion, emphasizing that the small government committee discussing the disposal methods had not reached a conclusion. Fisheries groups held an emergency press conference in Tokyo on November 11 to protest. Successor Koizumi Jinjiro apologized in Fukushima, and his cabinet officials gave explanations.
However, on the 17th, Ichiro Matsui, the head of the Japanese Reform Association and mayor of Osaka, said that things that do not destroy the environment at all should be handled by the whole country and talked about emissions in Osaka Bay. Yoshimi Yoshimura, the governor of Osaka prefecture, also agreed.
In an interview with Pancheng City, Fukushima Prefecture, Koizumi mentioned that the treatment of water was being discussed by a small committee of the government. He only said that the discussion is ongoing, and that no one who is not in charge of the matter can speak rashly and harm fishermen and other relevant persons.
Relevant remarks paving the way for emissions?
At Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, the cooling of melted nuclear fuel continues to produce high activity nuclear sewage, which is being purified to remove radioactive materials. Tritium, however, cannot be removed and is stored in numerous tanks as treated water. Tritium is thought to have less impact on the human body, and other nuclear power plants will dilute and discharge into the sea.
But in August last year, radioactive substances other than tritium were found in the treated water, and criticism of the discharge into the sea emerged at the hearing. Tepco said it would clean up again when disposed of. TEPCO said that the capacity of storage tanks would be filled around the summer of 2022, and it would be very difficult to add them.
Discussions have taken a long time in small committees that have discussed methods of disposal such as evaporation and injection into formations. In August this year, we began to explore the option of long-term custody without disposal, and the future will be opaque. Relevant sources pointed out that the outgoing cabinet members speak out the true words of the government and provide backup to the forces cooperating with the regime. Its a very understandable structure, and I think these speeches are paving the way for emissions into the sea.
On the other hand, the confrontation between Japan and South Korea also complicates the situation. At the annual meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on June 16, the Korean government called the treatment of water nuclear sewage, emphasizing the vigilance of discharging water into the sea and encouraging the saying that terror and insecurity are rising all over the world. Japan denies the South Korean claim that it ignores the facts, but there is no sign of calming down around the attack and defense of water treatment.
The Mayor of Osaka agreed that nuclear sewage should be discharged into Osaka Bay as long as it does not damage the environment.
In response to the treated water containing radioactive substances at Tokyo Electric Power Companys Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, the mayor of Osaka, Ichiro Matsui, and the governor of Osaka prefecture, Yoshino Yoshimura, expressed their willingness to accept emissions on September 17, on the premise that the central government confirmed that they would not damage the environment.