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My last sushi dinner this weekend.

Sayonara, Sushi!!!!!!

-22 ( +12 / -34 )

Larr FlintToday  11:08 am JST

Well, I'm done with Fukushima food.

We all knew that this is going to happen, and we will see what kind of impact will it have on the environment and people's life in a few decades.

Also no mention of when they will finish keeping dumping this radioactive water. Is it for a year only? 2,3,5,10 years? When it will stop?

Stay safe guys.

> Samit BasuToday  11:19 am JST

My last sushi dinner this weekend.

Sayonara, Sushi!!!!!!

Thank you for that! The more greenies that stop eating Sushi the cheaper its gets for me! Really appreciate it!

-7 ( +9 / -16 )

Samit Basu

My last sushi dinner this weekend.

> Sayonara, Sushi!!!!!!

You have had no idea where your sushi fish to date actually came from and still won't even know next year.

11 ( +19 / -8 )

Sad but funny thing is there have most likely been multiple "leaks" of this radioactive waste since the disaster 12 years ago..it's already in the fish!

-8 ( +6 / -14 )

Well, I'm done with Fukushima food.

My last sushi dinner this weekend.

Sayonara, Sushi!!!!!!

Cut the hysterics. You are eating far more contaminated food from China when you visit cheap restaurant chains and izakaya in Japan.

Anyway - more of that delicious local seafood for the rest of us.

7 ( +20 / -13 )

Quickest rubber stamping in history now the LDP cronies are off to the sushi bar that guarantees it's fish isn't from Fukushima...

-9 ( +11 / -20 )

All the do gooders saying they will stop eating fish is funny!! All those people need to stay indoors as the sun puts more harmful chemicals in your body each day than a little fish swimming in water that has tiny amounts of any chemical diluted by the ocean!! Looking forward to my next fish meal from that area!! LOL

-1 ( +10 / -11 )

About 6,000 tons of fish worth ¥800 million is caught off Fukushima compared with a Japanese total of 3.85 million tons.

1 ( +7 / -6 )

At least you'll save the fishermen the bother of catching anything. It'll be deep fried directly in the ocean. Get those Fukushima chips to go with it.

-18 ( +7 / -25 )

Just do it already! The sooner the site is decommissioned and cleaned up the better. As it stand every time it rains highly contaminated (untreated) water around reactors 1-3 flows into the breakwater/port, they know it, but is too busy trying contain China's political rage instead.

The most ethical thing to do is ignore China, spend the money to decommission the site ASAP, which includes treating the stored water and releasing it.

You know China is attacking Japan politically when it started wholesale testing, weeks before the release has even started.

If Tesco don't start the decommission process soon, it will run the risk of being accused of using China as an excuse not to spend money to decommission the site. Japan is NOT Russia!

2 ( +9 / -7 )

Japanese fish stocks have fallen, some say because of climate change.

2 ( +8 / -6 )

FYI my last sushi dinner meant the restaurant sushi.

Of course you can still get safe ingredient, such as Mediterranean or Atlantic bluefin tuna. I already stockpiled on dashi and local Costco sells Korean nori only anyway(Korean nori will start going bad in 5 years once Japanese waste water reaches Korea), so you can indeed make Japan-free sushi if you are willing to make it yourself at home.

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From Reuters: "Japan says the water will be filtered to remove most radioactive elements except for tritium, an isotope of hydrogen that is difficult to separate from water. The treated water will be diluted to WELL BELOW INTERNATIONALLY APPROVED LEVELS of tritium before being released into the Pacific."

From AFP: "After a TWO-YEAR review, FIVE review missions to Japan, SIX technical reports and FIVE missions on the ground, the international nuclear watchdog said the discharges of the treated water were consistent with the agency’s safety standards, with 'NEGLIGIBLE radiological impact to people and the environment'”.

Did you catch that? Yes, there's some Tritium, but the amounts still in the water will be WELL BELOW internationally APPROVED levels! Meaning it's actually FAR SAFER than the water needs to be, based on internationally recognized standards of internationally recognized authorities on such matters! lol. In fact, the levels of Tritium might even be LOWER than acceptable levels of Tritium in the treated wastewaters found emanating from neighboring South Korea's own nuke plants!

No, what matters here is that it's "Japan" that is doing the dumping. The South Korean government is already on record saying they're okay with the situation, so the opposition is coming from adversaries that habitually despise everything associated with Japan...or "scientists" with a long record of bias against anything having to do with nuclear power, still the cheapest, safest and greenest form of energy the world has ever known, and probably ever will know.

The amount of blatantly false and uniformed "conventional wisdom" -based fear being spread around about this topic would be simply mind-boggling...had we not just gotten through a similarly uninformed treatment of COVID!

5 ( +13 / -8 )

What about the Strontium 90 and other much longer lasting isotopes from that water? No data and rare mentions of these more worrisome elements trapped in the waste water. The whole story from TEPCO and the LDP smells fishy. Pity the Fukushima fishing local industry. What is their fate?

-7 ( +4 / -11 )

What about...

The IAEA report is freely available.

2 ( +6 / -4 )

Japan-free sushi

LOL, Japan banned sale of fish caught in Fukushima area since February last year, AND extensive testing is continuing.

Because of testing and monitoring, we are informed that Black rockfish in Fukushima port is affected by contaminated rainwater runoff. WHY it's necessary to decommision ASAP.

Your opinion is contributing to radiation contamination of surrounding waters everytime it rain.

2 ( +5 / -3 )

Trusting the IAEA,TEPCO & Jiminto is like trusting your life to a bunch of insane psychopaths .

-8 ( +5 / -13 )

Woohoo....

Well, nothing to celebrate but hurry up and get on with it

There is no other solution, the contamination risk is tiny.

6 ( +9 / -3 )

I am a retired Japanese. I rarely eat fish after my retirement since they are expensive. Pork and chiken are a lot cheaper than fish and they are more substantial. When the accident happened in Fukushima, products of the prefecture were sold a lot cheaper than those of other places at super markets. I was happy I could purchase Fukushima rice and Fukushima peach cheaper. After ten years, I am all right and healthy.

8 ( +12 / -4 )

China banning food imports feels quite ironic...they are not precisely known for producing very safe food are they?

8 ( +10 / -2 )

Island of misfits reactors,has always had a problem with dealing with nuclear issues

-10 ( +3 / -13 )

Perfectly safe. Just bought Fukushima peaches again today and will buy more this season. Excellent.

3 ( +8 / -5 )

Yrral

Island of misfits reactors,has always had a problem with dealing with nuclear issues

Fukushima was designed and built by the American company, General Electric.

4 ( +9 / -5 )

wallaceToday 05:05 pm JST

Yrral

Island of misfits reactors,has always had a problem with dealing with nuclear issues

Fukushima was designed and built by the American company, General Electric.

The US also warned in 1990 about the risks of nuclear reactors in seismically active regions and in particular the risk to their emergency electricity generators.

12 ( +12 / -0 )

Fukushima was designed and built by the American company, General Electric.

I thought Fukushima was a prefecture.

-7 ( +2 / -9 )

cuddly

   Fukushima was designed and built by the American company, General Electric.

> I thought Fukushima was a prefecture.

Your comment is out of order because the article is about the nuclear plant and my comment was a reply to Yarrl's comment on the reactors. Everyone understands what it means.

No need for your nit-picking.

6 ( +7 / -1 )

A DARK DAY in the history of this Beautiful nation, feel sorry for future generations.

-3 ( +4 / -7 )

As I posted a couple of weeks ago, I'm glad that this is now happening, as Japan needs to move the decommissioning process along, and this forms an important part of that. There isn't unlimited storage space for the water, and it has lower Tritium levels than water released from other nuclear power plants, and far lower levels than the WHO drinking water standards.

Plus, the whole process is being monitored by the IAEA:

https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/pressreleases/new-report-details-iaeas-independent-checks-of-treated-water-discharge-from-fukushima-daiichi

And China's bans and tests? Purely political, as ever with China. Ignore them.

CuteUsagiToday 04:59 pm JST

Perfectly safe. Just bought Fukushima peaches again today and will buy more this season. Excellent.

Yes, Fukushima peaches are great!

2 ( +4 / -2 )

danToday 03:08 pm JST

Trusting the IAEA,TEPCO & Jiminto is like trusting your life to a bunch of insane psychopaths .

How do you know this? Do you know all these people personally? Can you confirm/deny their credentials?

1 ( +4 / -3 )

Quickest rubber stamping in history now the LDP cronies are off to the sushi bar that guarantees it's fish isn't from Fukushima...

You were down voted but we know this is real.

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

Time to stock up on Costco bottled water, which has more tritium and pollutants, but it’s in a bottle so it must be safe.

Then stock up on mercury laden fish from somewhere far from Japan.

Then hunker down as all sealife dies off and the next mass extinction begins, starting Thursday. I wonder how much time we have? A year or two?

3 ( +3 / -0 )

China and South Korea, which cannot understand the prevailing westerlies and ocean currents, should stop fishing immediately.

The catches are declining due to the overfishing of these two countries, so it is much better for the ecosystem if only Japan fishes.

Moreover, the nuclear power plants in China and South Korea have been discharging contaminated water from the beginning, and they are discharging into the ocean the amount of tritium and other radioactive materials that are many times higher than in Japan.

For both Chinese and Koreans, it is better not to eat domestic seafood because the wastewater from their own nuclear power plants has been more polluted.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

La vie douceToday  01:27 pm JST

All those people need to stay indoors as the sun puts more harmful chemicals in your body each day

Absolute nonsense.

Looking forward to my next fish meal from that area!! LOL.

We can safely call out bs on this one too, despite your chest beating we can be sure that if given the choice you would not choose fish from Fukushima for your sushi. Nice window dressing however.

100% I would! I will meet you there for a meal! Anyone who thinks eating seafood from this area is dangerous is being fooled.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

I trust the IAEA report that the Fukushima water release will clear international safety standards. 

The catch is that a large amount of the radioactive water must have trickled down into the sea before the tanks were built to contain it.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

wallaceAug. 22  12:09 pm JST..........................Japanese fish stocks have fallen, some say because of climate change.

Japanese fish stocks? I did not know any one country actually owned fish stocks. And yes they might fall in numbers because of the climate change, ocean temperatures are rising, hence this will affect numbers.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

I know, let the authorities install this water in all the water tanks in government buildings and offices so all the politicians can keep tasting is every day to make sure it is OK. This move would appease thousands/millions of people. And even the CCP's mind could be swayed.

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