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Oji Paper says China waste water claims 'groundless'

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The government allows certain protests to happen, this is another example of how China controls everything

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As "gogogo" says... the Chinese govt allowed these demostrations to happen and may possibly have planted the seeds of dissent to nurture its growth. This is how China wages war when it is not happy about something.... that something may be the disputed islands.

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Are the allegations false or groundless?

A groundless accusation is not necessarily false.

It's the schoolyard equivalent of "you can't prove it, nah nah"

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We are controlling water quality in a responsible manner by purifying water enough to satisfy China's national standards."

Could that be what the people are concerned about?

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NeverSubmitJul. 31, 2012 - 10:26AM JST

Are the allegations false or groundless?

Likely both.

A groundless accusation is not necessarily false.

What if the reasoning was because they added 1ppb of formaldehyde to the water (known carcinogen, but at very low dose is known to be beneficial) and removed a few tons of lead and mercury a month from the water? Sure they add a carcinogen, but they actually cleaning the water instead of polluting it, hence a groundless claim.

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the chinese are up in arms recently against big business destruction of the envirnoment and government collusion in the confiscation of private property for use by developers for projects that the community hasn't voiced approval.

note that they didn't attack the company, but the responsible government offices, etc.

they need to adopt a more open public hearings process with environmental impact reports and the full gamut of measures aimed at providing accountability against private sector violators and public officials that collude with them.

that said, there is simply not enough information about this company's situation, but it would seem that japanese companies have a fairly good track record.

if there were a more open process in place, this may not have happened.

on the other hand, according to this article, the incident was one of to similar protest outbursts this month in china:

http://rendezvous.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/07/29/taking-it-to-the-street-in-china/

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the chinese are up in arms recently against big business destruction of the envirnoment and government collusion in the confiscation of private property for use by developers.

Quite true. And if the Japanese plant is planning to comply with Chinese standards then it's a problem because the Chinese environmental standards are laughable. That's one reason why it's so cheap to manufacture in China.

Of course the Chinese government has no issue with protesters going after a foreign concern. Better that than they actually go after the root cause of the problem - the Chinese government.

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If pollution claims is “groundless.” why don't your company set up factory in Tokyo! Developed countries always move their dirty factories to underdeveloped and developing countries. Shame on you dirty ugly Japanese.

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