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Japan to compile action plan for Fukushima water discharge this year; IAEA to be involved

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Everything is fine.

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Open tap, watch gravity work.

-3 ( +3 / -6 )

Thank goodness NONE of these tanks display the ‘tone-deaf’ Reconstruction Agency’s insulting mascot “Tritium-kun”. - That asinine idea was flushed:

- “Japan scraps mascot promoting Fukushima wastewater dump” -

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/15/japan-scraps-mascot-promoting-fukushima-wastewater-dump

Let’s NEVER forget the continued stupidity of Japanese bureaucrats and their ignorance of their own people, especially in the last 10 years!

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Agree with the first two comments.

The water is perfectly safe, so no problems. Safer than drinking water in terms of legal toxicity limits. The only people complaining are doing it for political points.

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tritium-kun

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tritiumon

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@Fighto You are wrong!

The good people of Japan and the world are against this discharge of waste.

Put your own dirty house in order before criticising others.

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How can we stop this? This planet is ours. Why are governments around the world able to just trash the Earth? Does anyone know of any organization that fights this kind of thing? I mean, if I can take Japan to international court over this, I would like to know how. There must be something we can do. Any environmentalist out there who can shed any light on solutions?

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It could eventually fall back as rain as well, right?

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@fighto!

The water is not perfectly safe. More nonsense spouted

4 ( +7 / -3 )

Where's the new cute cuddly mascot? Tori-chan? Toritty-kun?

C'mon Dentsu, get your designers to work!

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To get things into perspective the human body contains enough Potassium 40 to give rise to some 4000 disintegrations per second. K40 is a beta emitter of energy of over a million volts compared to Tritium of under 20 kilo volts. The half-life of Tritium is about 13 years while that of K 40 is over a thousand million years. If you are at all worried about your exposure to radiation then it is best not to sleep with anybody.

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The government's decision to discharge the water, based on its claim that it poses no safety concerns, has triggered an outcry from local fishermen and neighboring countries such as China and South Korea.

Both China and Korea are running nuclear powerplants located alongside the coast and lots of water must be used to cool down reactors. What then do they do with the water? Please answer!

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Both China and Korea are running nuclear powerplants located alongside the coast and lots of water must be used to cool down reactors. What then do they do with the water

Did those China and Korea reactors suffer catastrophic triple reactor meltdowns releasing Daiichi equivalent amount of radioactive substances to be dumped in the ocean? Didn't think so.

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Agreeing to release the water is a bad sign to the whole world.

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ANYONE WHO SAYS FUKUSHIMA WATER IS SAFE IS JUST PART OF THE JAPANESE GOVERNMENT'S PROPAGANDA MACHINE AND IS A COMRADE IN CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY.

It is not safe. There was even an article on this very site last year or so that said Japan failed to properly treat the water and that high levels of isotopes other than tritium still remains, apparently due to broken filters and lack of funds. So much for high tech Japan. Spend money on treating the damn water first before wasting home printed money on silly things like abemasks that noone uses.

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Thomas Goodtime...

The water is not perfectly safe. More nonsense spouted

You are partially correct. The water is not perfectly safe BUT it is almost perfectly safe! The Tritium levels are 7 times, count them, SEVEN.... lower than the WHO's levels for drinking water. Its not going to be drank. Its going into the largest body of water on the planet.

I get it, you don't like nuclear power. That's fine but the release of this water is the only logical solution. Its harmless!

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Where's the new cute cuddly mascot? Tori-chan? Toritty-kun? 

C'mon Dentsu, get your designers to work!

It was tritium-kun, and I think he has been scrapped already. Personally, I want to bring back Fukuppy.

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Fukushima power plant takes 30-40 years to release very diluted tritium water (no cesium, no strontium) little by little into sea just like normal operating reactors all over the world discharge tritium into environment (sea, lake, river).

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All this outrage with no alternative ideas to solve the problem.

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start releasing water in small amounts in about two years' time, 

He said it will be necessary to ascertain that all the water to be discharged has been processed "to the maximum level agreed."

I would like to hear spasific amounts, how many Ltrs or gallons or tonnes per day.

How far will the pipe stretch out into the sea? 4-5-6-7 Miles?

Also what indipendent monitoring will be put in place to monitor radiation levels?

Will the amount of water being discharged, be stopped if levels get to high? is this a slow release or is it just empty the tanks asap? how much do they intend to empty into the sea?

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‘Little Mr Tritium’ mascot says it's refreshing water. Please everyone eat local fish.

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Agreed with @dan 4:48 pm. - “Fighto, You are wrong””

- “The water is perfectly safe (?) so, no problems. Safer than drinking water in terms of legal toxicity limits.” -

So then, *“please drink it," @Fighto 4:28pm*, and join Aso’s in the Diet for ‘a toast’ to Japan’s future ‘at the expense of its people’ with this ‘safe to drink water’

Even today, Aso ‘s continuing to try to refute his criticisms, “often under fire for his gaffes and controversial statements.”

*- “Aso refuted Zhao's criticism that the Pacific is not "Japan's sewer." Aso countering, "So, is it China's sewer? It's everyone's sea." -*

Great. Aso just made another gaffe. Hopefully, this “It's everyone's sea.” will be used against him later when again asserting rights to disputed islands and names of bodies of water. - “*The Pacific is not Japan's sewer.**" *

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"The Pacific is not Japan's sewer."

Agreed, and very well stated.

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The Pacific is not Japan's sewer."

Agreed, and very well stated.

and Japan is the only country that dumps waste water in the Pacific?

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"Did those China and Korea reactors suffer catastrophic triple reactor meltdowns releasing Daiichi equivalent amount of radioactive substances to be dumped in the ocean? Didn't think so."

Yes they did. Both China and Korea dumped waste water into the Pacific

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ocean_disposal_of_radioactive_waste

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Tritium is “considered one of the least harmful radionuclides,” according to the Health Physics Society. Tritium levels in the treated storage tank water, according to TEPCO, are at levels higher than regulatory limits allow. However, operating nuclear power plants all over the world dilute and discharge tritiated water into the environment over a period of time as a matter of course—all under the strict supervision of regulatory bodies.

Paul Dickman, an ANS member and the study director for the ANS Special Committee on the Fukushima Daiichi accident, said that the level of radioactivity is a lot, but “the United States discharges almost double that amount from our nuclear reactor fleet every year, and South Korea annually discharges an amount equal to about 40 percent of the stored tritium at Fukushima.”

https://www.ans.org/news/article-2801/adding-context-to-japans-correct-decision-to-dispose-of-fukushima-wastewater/

As you guys love to say: Listen to the experts not the politicians.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

The water is perfectly safe, so no problems.

Will you volunteer to drink it, though?

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