Yoshini Kato, Chief Cabinet Secretary of Japan: as for the treatment of nuclear sewage, it is necessary not to make a plan all the time and postpone it.
At a press conference on June 16, Japanese cabinet chief Shinto Kato Shinzo announced that the Japanese cabinet meeting would formally decide by the end of October to discharge nuclear waste water from unit 1 of Fukushima nuclear power plant into the Pacific Ocean. At that time, 1.23 million tons of nuclear wastewater will be discharged to the Pacific Ocean from 2022 for up to 30 years.
Around the issue of nuclear waste water discharged into the sea, a Japanese Yomiuri Shimbun poll shows that 50% of Japanese people are against it. In the survey conducted in March this year, 68% of people thought that the decision should be postponed, but after the Japanese government decided to discharge the nuclear waste water into the sea, the opposition increased significantly.
The local people in Fukushima are all against it.
Fukushima residents: the origin of products may be written overseas. If it is near Fukushima, it will undoubtedly feel very dangerous.
Local vendors in Fukushima cant hide their disappointment.
Staff of Fukushima tourism products center: the economic stimulus policy that was finally introduced has been put out again.
In the face of opposition, the Japanese government has not come up with an alternative plan, but has repeatedly said that the final decision has not been made, and constantly stressed that the release of tritium, a harmful substance in nuclear waste water after dilution, is safe. However, public data show that if human beings are continuously exposed to tritium radiation, cell death and DNA genetic damage may occur. Whats more, there are not only tritium in the treated nuclear waste water, but also a lot of radioactive substances such as carbon 14, cobalt 60 and strontium 90.
However, the Japanese government still insists on discharging sewage into the sea because it costs the least, according to a reporter from South Koreas MBC television station.
A top marine scientific research institution from Germany has calculated and modeled the diffusion of nuclear waste water. The results show that: within 57 days, radiation will spread to most of the Pacific Ocean; after half a year, high-dose radiation will spread to large-scale; in only three years, the United States and Canada will be contaminated.
On the 16th, as soon as the news came out, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said that Japan should make a decision after consulting with neighboring countries. South Korea also immediately responded by announcing the launch of an inter sectoral response mechanism. As a matter of fact, as early as June, the relevant special rapporteurs of the United Nations concerned about the disposal of hazardous substances made a statement urging the Japanese government not to ignore its obligations on the disposal of nuclear waste and not to take advantage of the epidemic situation and force nuclear waste water into the sea without international consultation.