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Japan begins 6th release of Fukushima treated radioactive water

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Hoping that this one goes as smoothly as all the rest.

China and Russia, which oppose the water release due to safety concerns, have banned Japanese seafood imports in response to the discharges.

"China and Russia, which oppose the water release as a convenient excuse to implement their usual economic coercion, have banned Japanese seafood imports in defiance of WTO regulations for purely political reasons."

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in defiance of WTO regulations

That is not completely true. The claim is spurious, but "protecting the health of humans, animals and plants" is a valid reason for import restrictions (given by pretty much any member country whenever they want to impose import regulations) Japan challenged it, but it will take a few years at best to resolve such a dispute.

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6th release of Fukushima treated radioactive water

Only 6th? Still hundreds release to go.

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/dev/randomToday 05:09 pm JST

"protecting the health of humans, animals and plants" is a valid reason for import restrictions

The "reason" cited by them is valid, but the underlying premise is completely false so their argument is unsound. There is no scientific basis for the bans, so they defy the WTO rules.

It does take a long time to resolve WTO cases, but I expect China will quietly drop the ban before that happens. (Russia may not, unless Xi commands its client state to.) However, Japan must not make any concessions as it simply encourages China to do it again and again.

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China and Russia, which oppose the water release due to safety concerns, have banned Japanese seafood imports in response to the discharges.

More hypocrisy from these two countries, they still send their fishing boats to fish near Japan and then allow distribution of their catches in their own countries. How stupid do you think the world is?

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How stupid do you think the world is?

very stupid.

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No worries. .

The US military is bulk buying Japanese seafood to counter China's import ban.

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Hmmm, this is rather odd. I was under the impression they had already finished this process. So how many more tons of water do they need to release? I originally backed Japan up on this issue, but I'm not a fan of the extent to which they seemingly misled us on how long this would take.

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I was under the impression they had already finished this process.

How? It's well known there's more than 1100 tanks of waste water on site. They are now releasing the sixth.

So how many more tons of water do they need to release?

1.3 million, give or take, not including the water that is generated during the 40 years this will take.

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Russia and China are objecting to the Fukushima water release in the ocean primarily for political reasons, however, to placate these kibitzers Japan should do the following: it should release the water on the Senkaku Islands. It will create a new forestry industry for Japan. It can also form a coalition of EU countries and the west to create a multinational nuclear waste disposal site on the Senkakus. Japan’s reticence in acting like a sovereign owner over the Senkakus creates a chink in the armor that even Toranaga Shogun would find untenable. Like we say in the west “use it or lose it!”.

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PacificpilotToday 05:38 am JST

China wants access to the oil and sadly not much can destroy access to that.

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