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Japan announces ¥20.7 bil relief fund for seafood

emergency fund is in addition to 80 billion

“We will protect the Japanese fisheries industry at all costs,”

How much that in total and who will bear the cost? Tax payers as always.

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Magic money tree put to work again.

OFC it will be the regular people who fork the cost, whether its through taxes or more inflation. Robbing Peter to pay Paul. Wish I was Paul.

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Just stop dumping that crap in the ocean you idiot.

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¥20.7 bil relief fund. Really? You caused the problem then you suddenly have magic money?

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Just stop dumping that crap in the ocean you idiot.

The alternative would be just as expensive. They arent releasing the treated water for the hell of it.

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Just build more storage tanks.

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The alternative would be just as expensive.

No it wouldn't considering the ban and the reputational damage.

They arent releasing the treated water for the hell of it.

Actually, they are.

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WOW, coming to the rescue of TEPCO, 20.7 bil. will keep all happy including shutting down the latest lawsuit by the fishery industry. Well done.

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Here we go again, billions are thrown out and soon taxes will be raised to pay for all this mess. expect a 12% sales tax soon.

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Will be interesting to see if TEPCO post a profit this year .. if they do, they should shoulder the cost of this 20b yen

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"The alternative would be just as expensive. They arent releasing the treated water for the hell of it."

Did Tepco ever release the annual cost of storing the water? Notice that by releasing the water, Tepco's problem is now Japan's problem. And they are socializing their losses.

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I've got an idea, Kishida buys all the fish that couldn't be exported with his personal funds and eats it for a photo op everyday. He can share it with other LDP goons too.

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WOW, coming to the rescue of TEPCO, 20.7 bil. will keep all happy including shutting down the latest lawsuit by the fishery industry.

The first thing TEPCO dies when something goes wrong is to falsify to fix the problem. When all else fails, bow.

In 2002, the president of the country’s largest power utility was forced to resign along with four other senior executives, taking responsibility for suspected falsification of nuclear plant safety records.

The company was suspected of 29 cases involving falsified repair records at nuclear reactors. It had to stop operations at five reactors, including the two damaged in the latest tremor, for safety inspections.

A few years later it ran into trouble again over accusations of falsifying data.

In late 2006, the government ordered TEPCO to check past data after it reported that it had found falsification of coolant water temperatures at its Fukushima Daiichi plant in 1985 and 1988, and that the tweaked data was used in mandatory inspections at the plant, which were completed in October 2005.

And in 2007, TEPCO reported that it had found more past data falsifications, though this time it did not have to close any of its plants.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-japan-nuclear-operator-idUSTRE72B1B420110312

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The money will be used to find new markets for Japanese seafood

This is the key. China can't be relied upon in any way, as nations all around the world have found. It's far better to consider the country a lost cause, and look elsewhere.

Someone will no doubt dredge up the "it's a market of over a billion people, so you can't ignore it" line. To those people, I say again: a market of over a billion people is worth the same as a market of zero people if the Emperor can - and regularly does - take away access.

where he may face criticism over the wastewater release from Chinese Premier Li Qian, who is also attending.

Who cares what the Chinese government thinks? They're an unelected cabal of brutal authoritarians, who terrorize their own people and commit genocide on them. These are not the kind of people the rest of the world should be taking lessons from.

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Michael MachidaToday 08:17 am JST

You caused the problem then you suddenly have magic money?

Yes, there was/is a problem, and TEPCO/the Japanese government/the IAEA are attempting to deal with it. Just like all problems.

Larr FlintToday 09:06 am JST

Morover the pollution caused by Fukushima water will destroy Pacific Ocean ecosystems

No, it simply won't. Please read the IAEA report:

https://www.iaea.org/sites/default/files/iaea_comprehensive_alps_report.pdf

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quercetumToday 09:15 am JST

The first thing TEPCO dies when something goes wrong is to falsify to fix the problem. When all else fails, bow.

Yes, it did falsify data in the past. Your examples are from years ago.

Now, however, TEPCO is just about the most scrutinized company on the planet. If "the first thing" it does is falsify data on the treated water, the world will know about it.

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And this decision was made when the Diet wasn't even in session. Of course the LDP will get it rubber stamped when the Diet reconvenes. Or does the Prime Minister have 20 billion yen sitting around that he can spend as he likes?

With everyday more and more subsidies for fishermans, gasoline, single parents, companies, elderly etc.

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The money will be used to find new markets for Japanese seafood

This is a relatively small problem. Australia was able to find other buyers for its lobsters and iron ore. China was able to build its own space station, its own GPS, nuclear weapons, jet fighters, lithography machines, and so on. Japan will be able to find demand from among its Allie’s.

What doesn’t kill you will only make you more self-sufficient.

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Did Tepco ever release the annual cost of storing the water? Notice that by releasing the water, Tepco's problem is now Japan's problem. And they are socializing their losses.

The public have been picking up the tab since the very start. TEPCO is too big to be allowed to fail.

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¥20.7 bil............I could stop all this fuss in an hour. ...Just give that money to the leaders of the CCP.

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Of course you Mr Kishida will say the fish is safe from the radioactive water you released into the Pacific. But how do the Japanese people know the fish on your fork IS from the the Pacific AFTER you released the poisoned water into the Pacific? Your people will beleive you if you show yourself actually catching the fish AFTER you poisoned the water and cooking the same fish just before eating it.

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ZorotoToday 10:37 am JST

How would the world know about it?

From the IAEA, who are monitoring TEPCO constantly.

ChabbawangaToday 10:29 am JST

The public have been picking up the tab since the very start. TEPCO is too big to be allowed to fail.

The decommissioning costs need to be paid either way. TEPCO pays within its means, and the public has to pick up the rest. If TEPCO fails, the public will pick up 100% of the costs going forward, so it'd better for Japanese tax-payers if TEPCO does well: it can then pick up more of the costs.

It's a bad situation, but it's the actual one.

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Any financial assistance given to the Fishing Co-ops should be balanced with Tariffs on products imported from China. The assistance should be minimal and the Japanese Fishing Industry needs to bring their products to the Japanese consumers at a lower cost in these times of rising living expenses.

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All power companies with NPPs are covered by the Nuclear Liability Law limiting the amount paid to ¥120 billion in the event of a nuclear accident or disaster. The costs to date are about ¥30 trillion. TEPCO has paid about ¥15 trillion of it.

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Well I don't trust iaea and tepco because they only tested a small amount of wastewater but dumped a far larger amount in the ocean.

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Anything exported will be high quality seafood.

My suggestion is for the government to buy it and sell it off at cost to the Japanese public. People who have safety concerns don't have to buy it. Those who don't get a good deal. Seafood has risen in price over the years, no more 100 yen plump sanma or non-tiny squid now, and lots of locals will have been priced out.

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They only took small samples!

Yes, they only tested wastewater contained in 10 x 1000 cubic meter-tanks iirc.

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Phteven

Today 12:18 pm JST

Yes, they only tested wastewater contained in 10 x 1000 cubic meter-tanks iirc.

> But that doesn't sound very small. And they drank all of that to see if it is safe? They must pee a lot now.

Lol

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Phteven

Today 12:25 pm JST

Lol

> What does that mean? Is it radioactive? I don't want Lol in our precious pearl ocean sea water!

Hahahaha it means you're funny

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No, it simply won't. Please read the IAEA report:

https://www.iaea.org/sites/default/files/iaea_comprehensive_alps_report.pdf

If you actually read the report, at the foreword, the director general says this is the sole decision of the Government of Japan, the IAEA does not recommend nor endorse this policy

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The US-based National Association of Marine Laboratories (NAML), which represents more than 100 labs, released a position paper in December 2022 that firmly opposed Japan's plan over "a lack of adequate and accurate scientific data" about its safety.

National Association of Marine Laboratories

Position Paper

Scientific opposition to Japan’s planned release of over 1.3 million tons of radioactively contaminated water from the Fukushima-Daiichi Nuclear

Power Plant disaster into the Pacific Ocean. -December 2022

The National Association of Marine Laboratories (NAML), an organization of more than 100 member laboratories, opposes Japan’s plans to begin releasing over 1.3 million tons of radioactively contaminated water from the Fukushima-Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant into the Pacific Ocean commencing in 2023. This opposition is based on the fact that there is a lack of adequate and accurate scientific data supporting Japan’s assertion of safety. Furthermore, there is an abundance of data demonstrating serious concerns about releasing radioactively contaminated water.

Is the NAML politically motivated?

https://www.naml.org/policy/documents/2022-12-12%20Position%20Paper,%20Release%20of%20Radioactively%20Contaminated%20Water%20into%20the%20Ocean.pdf

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Is pouring other people's money into the pockets of the fishing industry an example of Kishida's "Noo-Kapitalizm", or of old Japanese-style "communism"?

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With all the global population and now this, I'll be reducing my seafood consumption as whole

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Pollution
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The National Association of Marine Laboratories (NAML), an organization of more than 100 member laboratories, opposes Japan’s plans to begin releasing over 1.3 million tons of radioactively contaminated water from the Fukushima-Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant into the Pacific Ocean commencing in 2023. This opposition is based on the fact that there is a lack of adequate and accurate scientific data supporting Japan’s assertion of safety.

Ah so the issue has been raised before.

And tepco has just just been certified competent to carry out the measurements by iaea but they still did not do so or at least did not release the data

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PhtevenToday  01:24 pm JST

If the water is so safe, why don't they make beer from it? Think about it!

Beer from seawater, that would be a first.

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FreshmeatToday 12:58 pm JST

If you actually read the report, at the foreword, the director general says this is the sole decision of the Government of Japan, the IAEA does not recommend nor endorse this policy

I have read the report. It also says this in the foreword:

Based on its comprehensive assessment, the IAEA has concluded that the approach and activities to the discharge of ALPS treated water taken by Japan are consistent with relevant international safety standards. Furthermore, the IAEA notes the controlled, gradual discharges of the treated water to the sea, as currently planned and assessed by TEPCO, would have a negligible radiological impact on people and the environment.

This is a world away from the comment I was replying to: "Morover the pollution caused by Fukushima water will destroy Pacific Ocean ecosystems".

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I have read the report. It also says this in the foreword:

So can you confirm that the wastewater tested was only the contents of ten 1000 cubic meter tanks?

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Phteven

Today 03:10 pm JST

So can you confirm that the wastewater tested was only the contents of ten 1000 cubic meter tanks?

I read the whole rapport! They didn't drink ANY of the water to see if it's safe! I am starting to wonder if they are even real scientologists!

Even if they drank the water that they tested it will not prove that the water dumped in the ocean is safe or not safe.

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That response was really fast. It's almost as if the government knew it was coming.

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Anyone else think 20.7 billion yen sounds like enough money to just a find a permanent storage solution for the tritium water??

And yeah, I am sure the corrupt politicians could graft some of that money the same way they will this.

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China pollutes their own lakes, river and streams, they have the worst environmental records in the world. They pollute the air carve up areas in dry areas and create yellow dust storms, build a dam only to give a damn about releasing the waters down stream flooding out thousands to save only themselves. They are broke, they spent a lot of money on military build up trying to conquer the world over, printing money and building roads to nowhere, investing in African nations or should I say deceiving African nations only to own them later as political economic slaves to China. They are corrupt their own citizens can't withdraw money from their own savings accounts because the banks don't have money. What kind of country is that where you put your finger on a map then you draw it up and say its your territory. I have said long time ago that Putin is now in Xi back pocket the land Russia took from China years ago Xi will claim that to because he has no respect for Putin who is a weak rabid puppy with his tail between his legs following Xi. China, is crying wolf their is nothing wrong with the seafood but you have to understand China's real motive and that is to strike fear in its citizens the one's who are left there that can not get out. The ones who left know the real motive and that is corruption, deceit and control. If the Fukushima water is poisoned you should have been dead a long time ago. There are pollutants in the water and air that we drink everyday and we are still alive and well. I guess most people are thinking what you don't know won't hurt you. If you believe this poison crap then you should have laid down along time ago because you and I have been walking dead. It's nothing but fear!!!

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Seems to me that China is not much different from Japan.

Every point of the previous comment applies to Japan perfectly.

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20.7 B Yen distributed toward commerce that will be affected from the loss of tainting the industry’s food supply? This is just payoffs to look the other way. Does that make sense to future generations? We should be doing everything possible to not infiltrate this tritium water into the Pacific. It was a mistake to already have released some of the tainted water into the Pacific in August 2023 and to continue to do so each and everyday until 2050.

Irresponsible actions today will be affecting future food supplies of tomorrow. Your health and our health and nature every where will be tainted. More importantly than passing off the release as safe try considering the impact on peoples lives. How much funding will you owe the rest of the world once you ruin the Pacific ocean?

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