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In 2011 they need to face Tsunami lost their home and loved ones, after that they can't live around that area because exclusion zone.

Now they can back to their place and continue their livelihood only to find that they can continue their livelihood but less people willing to buy their products because the water being tainted with wastewater.

Really unfortunate residents.

https://blog.gaijinpot.com/unfiltered/this-is-what-its-like-to-tour-inside-the-fukushima-exclusion-zone/

https://news.sky.com/story/japan-lifts-evacuation-order-in-town-near-fukushima-12-years-after-nuclear-disaster-12847004

-12 ( +14 / -26 )

What a waste of time.

which started on Aug. 24, threatens citizens' right to live safely

How to you measure the safety of water? - you sample it, then measure for contaminants. This is exactly what has been done (and not only by Japan), and is being done, every single day, which clearly shows the water is fine. So unless you want to argue the measuring equipment is faulty, or there is a more accurate way to measure, then people who believe the water is unsafe should be quiet.

6 ( +20 / -14 )

Maybe some in Fukushima are not satisfied with their environment becoming a repository for nuclear contamination?

-5 ( +17 / -22 )

So sad, as sakurasaki posted, these people have suffered a great deal. But IMHO, in their weakness they're letting themselves be manipulated by CCP politics, no science, no greography, no economics, pure CCP politics. Time to ban CCP controlled social media and their agents operating in foreign jurisdictions.

0 ( +12 / -12 )

Maybe some in Fukushima are not satisfied with their environment becoming a repository for nuclear contamination?

Can you blame them?

-9 ( +12 / -21 )

China, Korea, Hong Kong, Fukushima fishermen, and now Fukushima residents, who's next?

-4 ( +11 / -15 )

TEPCO has falsified its data, lied about safety issues in the past, and had its executive ms be forced to resign by the Japanese government. This is fact. It has credibility issues.

They should look into other alternative methods that are more costly but damages not the reputation of the fishing industry and the livelihood of the people. And one that does not use the ocean as a sewer system.

-4 ( +13 / -17 )

LDP touted that it was safe and bribed, or enticed with money, the prefectures to accept the reactors saying that it was safe and that it was the future of Japan. Then they said that the Olympics would be the 復興オリンピック, the reconstruction Olympics, but the Tohoku area was put on the back burner while all the heavy equipment, and workers moved to Tokyo to build for the games. The Tohoku area was only a foot note in the games and given only perfunctory attention by the LDP and the leadership. BTW, did Thomas Bach visit the Tohoku area? How about Koike? I don't remember seeing any news about that. Can you blame the people for not trusting?

0 ( +9 / -9 )

Can you folks explain your technically feasible and practical plan to solve the Fukushima problem?

Thank you.

3 ( +10 / -7 )

China, Korea, Hong Kong, Fukushima fishermen, and now Fukushima residents, who's next?

Who's next?

More people who cannot follow basic science.

The water is SAFE. End of.

Can you folks explain your technically feasible and practical plan to solve the Fukushima problem?

Exactly. They have ZERO alternatives.

4 ( +12 / -8 )

I suggest these people read Japanese news and not Chinese propaganda. Failing that, sit down and learn the REAL facts not some pathetic, political, diatribe.

0 ( +9 / -9 )

Exactly. They have ZERO alternatives.

Not true. They could solidify it in concrete. It would take about 30% of Japan's annual concrete usage to do this, but it could be done in 5 years. The tritium would remain locked in the concrete, Japan would be seen to taking responsibility for its own problem, and they wouldn't be gifting China an easy attack vector.

3 ( +8 / -5 )

Hardening with concrete is somewhat effective if it contains nuclides other than tritium, but it is meaningless if it is removed by ALPS as in this case.

By the way, the treated water is mixed with seawater, so it cannot be used for drinking or agricultural purposes.

Since they took the trouble to file a lawsuit, they should investigate the level of pollution in Fukushima's seas.

Japanese data is unreliable.

The IAEA must also be receiving bribes from Japan.

Scientists from each country say different things, so they cannot be trusted.

Isn't that your unscientific opinion?

-1 ( +6 / -7 )

The IAEA must also be receiving bribes from Japan.

Got any evidence to back up this “must also be?”

The current method is safe and the process and equipment is tested and in place. Making concrete is a major contributing factor to particulate and CO2 emissions. Are you going to dilute it as much as now? That’s 40 times more concrete than being estimated.

No benefit.

4 ( +7 / -3 )

I suggest these people read Japanese news and not Chinese propaganda.

Its ALL propaganda and its up to us to sort through the crap that gets thrown in our trough to decide what is true and what isn't.

-6 ( +4 / -10 )

Keepyer InternetpointsToday 01:07 pm JST

I suggest these people read Japanese news and not Chinese propaganda.

Its ALL propaganda and its up to us to sort through the crap that gets thrown in our trough to decide what is true and what isn't.

I can access news from all around the world. Chinese citizens can access news from Peking and that's it.

4 ( +7 / -3 )

As has always been the case in Japan, those in charge will use the people for their cause but absolutely do NOT care about what they need or want.

-3 ( +5 / -8 )

Well even if they have a case we all know how the government biased judges will side…!

-5 ( +3 / -8 )

TEPCO's misbehaviour had criminal repercussions.

There's too many victims.

TEPCO must bankrupt and disappear. If my taxes have to pay this mess, I want the company nationalised so TEPCO can't make any more money from us.

-6 ( +4 / -10 )

RIGHT. Now doesn't this seem a bit late? Especially since the government have been talking about this for ages. They have about as much chance as a snowball freezing in a boiling hot onsen near Mount Fuji.

I believe that even if water levels are safe, I can't help but think about the accumulative effect, (if any) as radiation is ingested as it goes higher and higher up the food chain. Very similar to the mercury building up in Tuna, Dolphins and whales. So while we are all subject to radiation, via life and medical procedures, my question is, if it enters shellfish, and they are eaten by other fish, and intern eaten by larger fish, which are then eaten by humans, is there a build-up, and any effects? I don't think ALL radiation is the same. And is there a possible risk to pregnant women? We surely can't just go around dumping radiation into the sea and for it to magically disappear as there might be some accumulation over the years and decades if every country does it. Seems to be the sea is our collective toilet.

(similar to the mercury and plastic problem)

-3 ( +3 / -6 )

These 150 Residents and whomever else steps up to protect their livelihood and their future generation livelihood and health should be commended not ridiculed. I hope they win their case.

Yes, pay the money to concrete the disaster tanks. It will save the Ocean and it’s life forms and valuable water streams and more importantly human life.

-1 ( +5 / -6 )

Over the course of this nuclear disaster, the amount of cooling water required will be more than 10 million tons. The current collected amount is 1.3 million tons. 10 times the current number of tanks.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

lunatic

TEPCO must bankrupt and disappear. If my taxes have to pay this mess, I want the company nationalised so TEPCO can't make any more money from us.

The government owns 51% of TEPCO. You don't seem to know about the Nuclear Liability Law.

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There is a refusal to accept this waste water requires a permeant solution that cannot, must not simply politically kicked down road.

Lesson must also be learnt, and seen to be, TEPCO executives must be held accountable through a public judicial process.

Also government must take receptibility for a failure of leadership.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

Responsibility, sorry. back of the class again

1 ( +3 / -2 )

Roy yes fair point, I was hoping for a token English medieval stocks pillory. A more public act of answerability.

Purely a phrase of speech, to actually suggest physical punishment, public humiliation is extreme.

However the use of tax payers money as a means of attornment compensation alone is rather irritating

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Before you spout more nonsense protesting the release of this treated water, go do even the tiniest bit of research on tritium, it's radiological properties, and how it simply isn't a contaminant of concern at the levels being released. This water terrible horrible deadly water these uniformed litigants are opposing contains 1/7 the Tritium levels approved by the WHO for drinking water and that's before it's further diluted by the sea.

3 ( +5 / -2 )

RoyToday  02:20 pm JST

I can't help but think about the accumulative effect, (if any) as radiation is ingested as it goes higher and higher up the food chain. Very similar to the mercury building up in Tuna, Dolphins and whales.

Tritium is not like mercury. It does not bioaccumulate or bioamplify, and it has a biological half-life of only around 10 days.

I don't think ALL radiation is the same.

And you are correct. In contrast to other radionuclides, tritium emits only weak beta radiation, too weak to even go through human skin.

Thanks for that confirmation. So many down voted when people have questions to ask, and seek answers. I used to think the only dumb question was a unasked question, but the world of the internet can be finicky.

Thanks roy. Excellent answer.

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The water is not safe , that's why it's being dumped.

If it's safe it willbe used just like any other safe water.

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

People are so easily deceived.

Tritium is not the only radionuclide present in the wastewater.

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

The treated water is seawater, not fresh water, so there is no use for it.

Of course it should be discarded.

A former environment minister is happily surfing in the sea in Fukushima.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WyMzAE1JYjk

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ian

People are so easily deceived.

> Tritium is not the only radionuclide present in the wastewater.

You know that because?

0 ( +3 / -3 )

Not just the Chinese are concerned,

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ianToday 08:56 pm JST

Tritium is not the only radionuclide present in the wastewater.

People keep trying and trying with this line. It still won't work.

ALPS reduces/removes the other nuclides (62 in total, according to TEPCO). This is all independently verified by the IAEA. The information is here for anyone who wants to educate themselves, rather than indulge in scaremongering:

https://www.tepco.co.jp/en/decommision/planaction/alps/index-e.html

And, yet again, here's the IAEA report, together with one of its many statements that the water is safe:

https://www.iaea.org/sites/default/files/iaea_comprehensive_alps_report.pdf

Based on its comprehensive assessment, the IAEA has concluded that the approach and activities to the discharge of ALPS treated water taken by Japan are consistent with relevant international safety standards. Furthermore, the IAEA notes the controlled, gradual discharges of the treated water to the sea, as currently planned and assessed by TEPCO, would have a negligible radiological impact on people and the environment.

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""Nuclear power plants worldwide routinely release treated water containing low-level concentrations of tritium and other radionuclides into the environment as part of normal operations, according to the IAEA.""

And so does all the other nuclear power plants in Japan and other Nuclear powered facilities everywhere, so that would justify this release and all future ones. Just keep on dumping.

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

The testing that is supposedly being done daily by IAEA and Tepco and any other agency is being done with their own special interests. Do you honestly think these results are truthful? And the only thing that they are making a deal about is tritium. There's a whole slew of other radionuclides in this stuff. So for anybody to think and trust these organizations, is sad and scary. It would be nice if an organization outside of the people who gave this the green light would do some testing. Anybody testing the crap right b4 it's dumped into the ocean b4 it's diluted because they r going to dump enough of this crap that we'll all be swimming in it eventually. Let's be real here. This was the cheap route and nobody on this earth knows what will happen from this. It may take years b4 we start seeing the effects of this while it accumulates up the food chain killing off the oceans creatures first. Seems unfair to dump our toxic mistakes into other living beings homes. Then again it may take only a few years for the effects to be obvious. And this crud about well other nuclear power plants dump the same stuff everyday. Do your research because this water and radioactive sludge is not the same water that's routinely released by other power plants. This water has been in direct contact with nuclear reactor fuel cores meaning its got all kinds of Radiation in it. And you hear a lot that tritium is naturally occurring blah blah blah. Well this tritium among other toxins isn't naturally occurring. And this ALPS system sounds pretty rickety to handle such a task as removing all of the radionuclides except tritium. This water and there's A LOT of it is and will poison the pacific ocean further. Poison and degrade earth's oceans further and further while hurting This was the easy cheap route. Remember the solution to pollution is dilution. This is what they r doing. Let earth bear the burden. Shame on Japan tepco and IAEA and all the others who think that this is ok. THIS IS NOT OK!!!

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

If my taxes have to pay this mess, I want the company nationalised 

Who do you think owns the majority share of TEPCO?

Is it Blackrock?

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

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