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Fisheries and the Global Community are against the poisoning of our oceans with the Nukified Water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant.

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During the meeting, Hagiuda explained ways to ensure safety and measures to tackle reputational damage on food products

As well we know, leaks and radioactive discharges into the marine environment ‘ensure’ radioactive particles can be absorbed by

living creatures such as….fish.

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Calm down a bit, 1 million tons, that’s ‘only’ like a cube of 100m x 100m x 100m . Big, yes, but compared with the ocean size a little nothing. Go a little farther for fishing, three or five miles than before, and that’s it. The higher payment for more time and diesel costs on Tepco and done.

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Filtering the water will only leave tritium, which is an radioactive isotope of hydrogen. And that’s not harmful in small quantities.  A million metric tons released of that already diluted water being released into the sea is a really tiny amount.

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What else should they do? Drink it? Japanese wanted and still want nuclear so deal with it

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As if we haven't enough problems in the oceans and seas on this planet with all of the plastic micro / nano-particles and nurdles which the fish we eat are ingesting, and then they're thinking it's fine to discharge this radioactive stuff in there too.......

This problem is a massive cancerous ticking time-bomb - why aren't the people in charge learning from these mistakes ??

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Please. Releasing the stored water to the sea is inevitable. It cannot be kept in tanks forever. For all the empathy I have for the Fukushima people whose marine-based life has been upended by this tragedy, I suspect that they know this too and are simply buttressing their cases for further compensation. If so, go for it - but be clear.

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I see this publication is towing the government line and calling it “treated water” rather than radioactive water. Pat yourself on the back.

If it is so harmless, why not release it in the lakes around Japan? Starting with the lakes of the voting districts of the LDP cabinet.

If not, how about a straight statement along the lines of “The water is still radioactive but the worst radioactive particles have been removed. By dumping it in the Pacific, it will be diluted enough to be harmless, even if it accumulated in the fish/ecosystem”.

I am not an expert at all and it may well be harmless, but it all seems a bit fishy when they try and sell it to us in this way.

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That clean and harmless water should be used for drinking.

Please, give it to Japanese schools and hospitals.

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Fukushima is so inviting that Japanese politicos will tell you to eat the fish from its radioactive waters yet how many live there or have families there?

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Funny that the people I have met in other parts of Japan decided to leave their toxic environment in Fukushima.

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Lots of emotive and not terribly scientifically accurate comment above. Tritium has a short half life of just over 12 years, we are not talking about the very radioactive materials or long lived. The sea is naturally radioactive and this material suitably diluted will change that by not one iota. The Pacific is huge; the volume to be disposed of is so comparatively small as to not even register, and will be done over a period of time not all at once so it will be both naturally dispersed and begin its half life decline.

Too many people react emotionally as soon as the N word is brought up and without a clear scientific understanding of what is involved. Yes nuclear material can be dangerous, so are a lot of industrial chemicals, fertiliser (ask the people of Beirut) and fuel. But we just accept the risks inherent in them without the unthinking knee jerk reaction engendered by any mention of nuclear.

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Anyone that is normal will not allow those toxic water to be released.

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The government should recycle these water as their drinking and bathing water if it's so safe according to them.

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@TARA TAN KITAOKA

Anyone that is normal will not allow those toxic water to be released. LOL!! What, wait and see what happens. I guarantee you the government will release that toxic water into the ocean. When they do so that will make your statement ABNORMAL.

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The toxic material will do more harm where it is now. There is no other means to get rid of it except sending it to the ocean where more than half of the earth is nothing but water, with salt and over time perhaps it will be diluted. I have read where the most possible harm if the toxic water is released will be in areas where the water is discharged. It has been recommended that the government put the radioactive material on barges and move the toxic material further out into the ocean and disperse it in different location where you will not have any one area being constantly contaminated. I'm no expert but it sounds like a good plan.

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TEPCO promised to listen to the fishermen but now won't and won't pay any compensation to boot.

Well it does say...

"The government has already decided to set up a 30 billion yen ($245 million) fund to support the fisheries industry, and has said it will buy seafood when demand falls due to harmful rumors."

That's probably more than the fishermen will earn in their working careers. Just give them the money and they can all retire. Most are a few years away from that anyway.

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"Kishida said the government will be fully responsible for the impact of the discharged treated water, according to Kishi."

Get that down in writing, because they SURE won't be responsible for it when nations ban Japanese products as a result of the dumping. The world's ocean is Japan's dumping ground now? Yeah... they'll take full responsibility for it when the world's media talks about how radiation levels have gone up because of Japan... right. They'll be rewriting history before the spill is half finished.

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"Hagiuda said the government will stick to its promise to the fishermen that the plant will not release the water into the sea without their understanding..."

hahaha. Classic! It's like the, "We won't restart the reactors without the people's understanding" then they do it anyway when the people fully understand and say now.

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I always carefully select what kind of FOOD I buy and never ever anything from Fukushima or nearby prefectures.

To be honest I gave up on Japanese seafood as well.

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> Michael MachidaApr. 5  05:06 pm JST

Fisheries and the Global Community are against the poisoning of our oceans with the Nukified Water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant.

Can you blame them? Bury that 'heavy water', the last things that ocean life (and fisheries) need is this stuff.

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That clean and harmless water should be used for drinking.

Please, give it to Japanese schools and hospitals.

If the water is harmless, then every politician involved in the decision should drink 6 glasses daily, and eat fish caught in the area, forever. This should be confirmed by a group of fishermen. That seems fair, I think.

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Ban all fishery import from Japan after the release of radioactive water.

Japan should ban local fishing as well and import all seafood too.

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smithinjapanApr. 5  10:14 pm JST

Yeah... they'll take full responsibility for it when the world's media talks about how radiation levels have gone up because of Japan..

@smithinjapan, where in heck are you getting this “world’s” media from??? The article says that only China and South Korea are opposed…. We all know that those two countries will oppose anything Japan wants to do just to oppose. What about all of the other southeast asian countries? What about Canada and the US? If South Korea and China are opposed and no other countries are opposed, I would be inclined to say that there is no global opposition.

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NosuiApr. 5  06:16 pm JST

I see this publication is towing the government line and calling it “treated water” rather than radioactive water

There is no such thing as radioactive water. It’s only hydrogen and oxygen. Tritium has a short half-life and the concentration of tritium is below global standards for safe drinking.

And, the water will be further diluted and released over a long period.

TARA TAN KITAOKAApr. 5  08:34 pm JST

Anyone that is normal will not allow those toxic water to be released

Its not toxic. Please tell us the levels of “toxic” substances are in the water.

I think people should at least try to do just a little research before posting unfounded opinions. Facts matter.

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I think people should at least try to do just a little research before posting unfounded opinions. Facts matter.

OK, here are the basic facts.

https://www.nirs.org/wp-content/uploads/factsheets/tritiumbasicinfo.pdf

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Self cooking fish

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Since when has the Japanese government ever been "taking full responsibility" of anything.

The impact could possibly be permanent to the ecosystem regardless of what any of the experts have said.

Futile to argue this impact theory without it being complete.

After decades of an undetermined amount of contaminated water having been released perhaps then we will know the effects of impacts on the environment. Or maybe not.

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FarmboyToday  06:49 am JST

OK, here are the basic facts. 

https://www.nirs.org/wp-content/uploads/factsheets/tritiumbasicinfo.pdf

That’s a site self-described as being for anti-nuclear activists in their “About” section.

France and Canada dump more Tritium (one in the English Channel and one into the Great Lakes) every year that’s more the total stored at Fukushima right now, before further dilution.

You have 10 times the natural radiation in 2 hours of sitting in your living room than all of the tritium concentration in the ocean right now.

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Tritium has a half life of 12.3 years which means it will be dangerous for at least 120 years, since the hazardous life for a radionuclide is ten to twenty times longer than its half-life.

If you eat that fish you'll have a radiation isotope rooting your digestive system for 120 years.

Gochisou Sama!!

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bokudaApr. 6  08:31 pm JST

Tritium has a half life of 12.3 years which means it will be dangerous for at least 120 years, since the hazardous life for a radionuclide is ten to twenty times longer than its half-life.

If you eat that fish you'll have a radiation isotope rooting your digestive system for 120 years.

Nonsense. Any Tritium ingested is excreted from the body within days. The same for animals and fish.

If you eat 1,000 fish per day that swam in the tanks at Fukushima, you’d have the same radiation as you get per day sitting in front of your computer pounding out this nonsense.

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Nonsense. Any Tritium ingested is excreted from the body within days

Wrong. It stays in your body forever.

If it's that easy to excrete tritium why can't they filter it out of the water?

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