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Kishida says Fukushima wastewater release can't be delayed

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By MARI YAMAGUCHI

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government will do its utmost to address concerns the water disposal will hurt local fishing and other industries.

After that Japan will force other countries to accept their farm and fish products.

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/02/23/national/wto-backs-japan-complaint-south-koreas-fukushima-import-ban/

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well, he put in a showing there the other day, so he should know... LOL

2 ( +10 / -8 )

The sooner it's done, the sooner people will get over it.

-13 ( +7 / -20 )

Nobody’s going to get over it. It’s a historical fact now. Japan just can’t be trusted aren’t politically mature enough to have anything to do with nuclear power. In 100 years Japans fumbled efforts will be taught at high schools.

-1 ( +12 / -13 )

You cannot get over it when you are in danger of the health risks due to the dumping of nukified water into our oceans.

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The worst thing is they can actually remove the tritium if they wanted to.

https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20180828/p2a/00m/0na/013000c

2 ( +8 / -6 )

This water will be so diluted even a few hundred meters after it comes out of the pipe that while traceable, the radioactivity will be inconsequential. Calm down, everyone.

-3 ( +8 / -11 )

Do some research.

USA approved. IAEA approved. EU approved.

What Japan is doing has been approved by the experts in such fields around the world.

The water released will be the most inspected water on earth. No other release has ever been under such scrutiny and expert supervision.

-4 ( +11 / -15 )

So the experts have all received the brown envelopes

7 ( +15 / -8 )

OK, so all of the real experts, the engineers and scientists, say it's safe, but the Internet experts throw out broad, snarky stuff with not a shred of evidence or data to validate their layman opinion.

You gotta better plan, Internet experts?

2 ( +12 / -10 )

Mass disposal? Haven’t they said all along that it will be released a little at a time? Another backflip from the back street boys.

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And here we (no THEY) go again:

The plan has been fiercely opposed by fishermen, residents and Japan’s neighbors, including China and South Korea.

So many (I think it's even the majority) opposing their plans, but who really cares.

In addition this from another scientific site:

".....the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Commerce and Industry opted for controlled periodic release of a certain amount of tritium to the sea, ****with the consensus of the fishing and craft industries in the area."

Note that is says "with the consensus". Doesn't look to me that this is the case!

-1 ( +4 / -5 )

I think they should go ahead.

Not much opposition now, China has too much in its hands, S. Korea is powerless, Russia is already swinging.

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Yeah, Kishida & co can't hold it any longer. We all know that feeling. "A hard rain's gonna fall", desu ne?

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

You are missing the point.....it's not that it's safe as it comes out the pipe, it's that it will be safe after it's diluted into the vast pacific ocean....that's what makes it safe.

No, Aso Taro said you can drink the water as is, and lots of armchair experts (who have typically been brainwashed) on this site said the radioactive level is far lower than what's in tap water.

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The real and bigger problem is, that this is not ending it at all. They’ll now happily refill the wastewater tanks and release it again and so on and on. It really lacks the will, an idea and the technology to stop it after this first time which of course can’t be helped.

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UN Report: "The release of one million tonnes of contaminated water into the marine environment imposes considerable risks." Such is determined by independent experts working at the UN, with no attachment to or employ by the nuclear industry. Most, if not all, experts claiming release of contaminated water into the oceans is 'safe'; are in one way or another associated with or work in the nuclear industry.

Captain Dingleberry and other self-proclaimed nuclear experts: a key word is: contaminated. Radioactive materials introduced into the ecosystem involve food chains - the concentration of radioactive elements increases as it moves up the food chain.  

Scientists warn that in water, the isotope organically binds to other molecules, moving up the food chain affecting plants and fish and humans. Moreover, the radioactive hazards of tritium have been underestimated and could pose risks to humans and the environment for over 100 years.  

Independent experts raised their concerns with the Japanese Government that discharging radioactive water to the Pacific Ocean threatens the health of people and planet.  

The experts upheld that the ALPS water processing technology had failed to completely remove radioactive concentrations in most of the contaminated water stored in tanks at the Fukushima Daiichi plant.  “ALPS failed to clean the water below regulatory levels”. Additionally, the technology did not remove radioactive tritium or carbon-14.

As for Kishida's role: New boss, same as the old boss. One wonders about Kishida's ties to the nuclear industry and TEPCO in particular. And how it played in his elevation to prime minister.

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Just another sad chapter in Japans story

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UN Report: "The release of one million tonnes of contaminated water into the marine environment imposes considerable risks." Such is determined by independent experts working at the UN, with no attachment to or employ by the nuclear industry. Most, if not all, experts claiming release of contaminated water into the oceans is 'safe'; are in one way or another associated with or work in the nuclear industry.

I myself am against nuclear energy in general ( when/if fusion tech is here I'll reconsider if I'll cross that bridge) , I'm just curious, are the UN experts you're referring to experts in nuclear energy?

If so did they recommend an alternative course of action?

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Tritium has a radioactivity that is so low that no environmental or health issue has ever been detected.

Animal testing that force fed 37,000,000 Bq/liter showed absolutely no effect.

Tritium is released continually from all nuclear power plants and occurs in nature.

The water will be be released slowly over 30-40 years so it will not exceed the amount released if the plant was still operating.

If the water was released all at once, it would still be 1/1000 of the natural human exposure radioactivity in a year.

The water has being continually processed and now has a concentration of 1,500 Bq/liter, far below the 10,500 limit set for drinking water by the World Health Organization.

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Meanwhile

> Japan’s goal of reducing carbon emissions by 46% by 2030 is based on the assumption it will restart 30 of its nuclear reactors, a top ruling party executive said.

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2021/10/17/national/carbon-goal-nuclear-reactors/

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Everybody's got a gripe, but nobody's got a plan.

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Hope Japan doesn't cry when people stop buying fish products from it, but we know they WILL cry, and in fact will complain to the UN (whom the hate when the shoe's on the other foot) and demand other nations buy their products, etc.

And make no mistake, Kishida won the office when everyone thought it would be Kono for good reason -- he's the perfect patsy after Suga; he'll make a bunch of stupid decisions to do what he think pleases his puppet masters, and then he'll quickly take the fall, and they can put in a more stable and confident Kono when the damage has already been done and they can say, "Not our choice! but we're dealing with it".

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Quick , better get that done whilst kishida is still in office !

Amazing how somethings take for ever to get done in Japan .

Priorities sound backwards.

Those experts are getting paid too much.

Better feed Godzilla

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

"Japanese officials say disposal of the water is indispensable for the plant cleanup, and that its release into the ocean is the most realistic option"

Lest we forget, it wasn't long ago TEPCO even tried to salvage the plant and was vehemently against using sea water to cool it as that would cause irreparable damage and would make it harder for TEPCO to stay in the black. Yes, it would be easier to dump it in the ocean... for THEM. It would be easier... for the government. It would be insanity for everyone else, from farmers to fishers in the area, to the ocean and all it's life, and to humanity and the planet. But hey, since when did Japan care about what it does to the world? It's only ever what's convenient to those in power, and those with money.

-2 ( +5 / -7 )

The radioactive water ( not fit for drinking) can be ingested by sea life and who consumes fish from Fukushima?

Radiation from the plant has been and will continue to increase-dissipation is a myth!

-1 ( +3 / -4 )

For those who say it pollutes the oceans, I guess they must be totally anti-nuclear anywhere around the world. Consistent. Fair enough.

For those who say tritium pollution is what all nuclear power plants emit into the oceans anyway, and no worse than NPPs everywhere, including Russia, China and Korea, I guess these people are basically pro-nuclear power in general. Consistent, fair enough.

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

Safe to dump. America, Europe, China and Korea all do it.

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The radioactive water ( not fit for drinking) can be ingested by sea life and who consumes fish from Fukushima?

Radiation from the plant has been and will continue to increase-dissipation is a myth!

Well, Tritium unlike other radioactive substances won't concentrate in the food chain.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

Have people forgotten? Tritium isn't the issue here. It's the other radioactive isotopes that the Japanese made filtering system failed to remove. All because the jgov didn't want to use state of the art US made systems.

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

South Korea is really the only country trying to stop this. Where’s America? Dang!

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Kishida says Fukushima wastewater release can't be delayed

I'm actually surprised that Suga was not the fall guy for that one as he was on his way out. That would leave Kishida as clean and virginal as they come.

Did they flunk it with Suga or are they already thinking about tossing Kishida under the proverbial bus?

-1 ( +3 / -4 )

"South Korea is really the only country trying to stop this"

South Korea is a midget, a non-entity.

Actually barking dogs, no real, actual, or even perceived power to stop Japan.

Japan can only be influenced by America,

China CANNOT stop Japan.

South Korea?

Yer having a larf!

0 ( +6 / -6 )

Yeah, Kishida & co can't hold it any longer. We all know that feeling. "A hard rain's gonna fall", desu ne

to be fair at their age holding water is difficult.

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

South Korea is really the only country trying to stop this. Where’s America? Dang!

South Korea overreacts to anything Japan does. To copy-paste something I posted before, When Japan removed South Korea from its whitelist two years ago, Koreans marched into the streets in protest. One group tried to break into the Japanese embassy in Busan. Gas stations refused to refuel Japanese cars. The district of Gyeonggi proposed putting stickers on Japanese devices in all classrooms stating, “This device was made by a war criminal”.

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Must get things done while the getting done is good and the yes man is at the helm. Next guy/gal may not be so malleable.

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

including treating the wastewater so its radioactivity levels are below legal limits

If it's safe then bottle it and drink it... Also legal limits by whom? Japan?

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Dirty water polluting the sea.

Shameful behaviour by Japan. I am ashamed

-5 ( +3 / -8 )

"Can't be delayed"

but if they do delay then what happens?

"...will reach their capacity late next year."

and then? overflow and spill into the ocean? same thing as they plan to do. If one is bad then both are bad.

...except that they have over a year to either build more tanks or clean the water further.

If it's "Safe" then sell it as bottled water! Get all the politicians and 'geinoujin' to drink it "umai'n da na kore ga!" and show us how safe it is. I'm sure it's rich in minerals and could sell for 50yen a bottle half the price of the cheapest stuff on the market.

The whole thing makes about as much sense as a vaccinated person being worried about being infected by unvaccinated person with a virus that they are vaccinated from !! ;-)

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Falco: "One group tried to break into the Japanese embassy in Busan."

Not that we need further proof to show how exaggerated, incorrect, and misdirected your statement is (not just South Korea saying this, and since other's are, it makes your comment moot), Busan doesn't have a Japanese embassy. Oops!

-4 ( +4 / -8 )

A tip for your life: Don’t believe anything a Japanese politician, a North Korean or a CCP party member ever says. You’ll thank me later! Shrugs.

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