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Participants urged the government to "listen to the voices of fishermen" and not to discharge "contaminated water into the sea."

The fishermen might have more credibility if they didn’t have their hand in the government’s pocket.

— From 5 July 2023 Asahi Shimbun article

In December 2021, the government approved a fund of 30 billion yen ($208 million) to temporarily buy up seafood.

The following year, another fund totaling 50 billion yen was set up to help fishermen develop new fishing grounds.

Since 2020, the Japan Fisheries Cooperative has approved resolutions expressing “absolute opposition” to the water discharge plan.

But in the latest resolution released in June 2023, “absolute” was deleted, and the national organization only said it still opposed the plan.

At the same time, the organization positively evaluated the funds set up by the government.

https://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14949049

-6 ( +5 / -11 )

It’s got nothing to do with the credibility of the the thousands reliant on money from fishing.

The government would have a riot and massive negative publicity without supporting the thousands that would be out of work due to the sudden drop in demand

In Japan, saving face is paramount even in the face of a nuclear radiological disaster

-17 ( +3 / -20 )

You can only change the political status quo by voting out LDP. Otherwise nothing changes. So please run to the voting booth and vote!

Korea's Yoon's conservative party faces a historic wipeout at general election next spring by angry voters which would allow the Democratic party to impeach Yoon and turn back the clock to 2021.

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But he added, "I will continue buying tasty Fukushima fish."

...and why wouldn't anyone, there's a much stricter testing regime for fish caught in the area. It was the fishermen who originally said testing wasn't necessary, now they're saying almost the opposite....you just can't please them. Give em a bucket of gold and they'll say too heavy to carry.

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Miwako Kitamura, a 55-year-old resident of Chiba Prefecture who attended the rally, said, "It is unacceptable that this decision has been forced through even with opposition from many of the people and from the fishing industry in Tohoku."

well well, where's the poli-rage for fish in say Toyama, because releases from China and SK are hundreds of times higher.

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I wish people were more rational. I know radiophobia is a real thing and it has caused enormous harm, but at this point, people really need to pay attention to the science.  Geraldine Thomas and colleagues around the world should be required reading by anyone interested or involved in this topic - or at least they should take in one of her presentations. For example:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOvHxX5wMa8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2F_Qig4vnXA&t=1s

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At least some people are awake to this criminal release of toxic chemicals into the ocean!

-9 ( +4 / -13 )

at this point, people really need to pay attention to the science.

You are asking too much :-S

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POOR Tohoku.

-12 ( +3 / -15 )

First death and destruction on a massive scale caused by Tsunami from a 9.0 tremor in march 2011 and the lose of over 20,000 lives, then a melt down and release of radioactive clouds over their heads, and now radioactive water being released into their Ocean, people haven't even put their lives back on tracks only to be hit yet again with this.

How much more can Tohoku people take from TEPCO !?

-12 ( +4 / -16 )

Those in government who deem it safe to release such water should be forced to drink a bottle of this water to show their own commitment and confidence in its supposibly safety.

-3 ( +2 / -5 )

If this water is as safe as the IAEA, TEPCO, some Scientists, Experts, Physicists, and this "keyboard experts" claim then we should all rest assured that we are in good hand and Nothing to worry about now and or 40 years from now, BUT in life time I learned NEVER TO TRUST THOSE IN POWER or Authority that's all.

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I here-by protest you holding up that sign (while getting paid Y1000 an hour for doing it, where do I sign up) while showing us your arm pits.

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I wish people were more rational. I know radiophobia is a real thing and it has caused enormous harm, but at this point, people really need to pay attention to the science. Geraldine Thomas and colleagues around the world should be required reading by anyone interested or involved in this topic - or at least they should take in one of her presentations. For example:

It's not "the science" people don't trust, it's corruption and dishonesty people are worried about, do you remember why the disaster occurred in the first place?

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Alan

It's not "the science" people don't trust, it's corruption and dishonesty people are worried about, do you remember why the disaster occurred in the first place?

So you're insinuating that the IAEA is corrupt since their scientists have cleared this plan?

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Mark

If this water is as safe as the IAEA, TEPCO, some Scientists, Experts, Physicists, and this "keyboard experts" claim then we should all rest assured that we are in good hand and Nothing to worry about now and or 40 years from now, BUT in life time I learned NEVER TO TRUST THOSE IN POWER or Authority that's all.

Hope you don't apply this to your physician...

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Just throw everything in the sea.

-7 ( +0 / -7 )

Poe's law have never been so relevant.

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Opponents of Japan's treated water release are not even interested in wastewater from nuclear power plants in China, South Korea, or elsewhere in Europe.

In other words, that's what it is.

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Fukushima, Japan, will have to continue to face the consequences of the nuclear disaster again. No matter how much proof that the water being released is safe, most people won’t change their minds or look further into the matter. ‘We distrust the evidence; we distrust the source’. 

It’s inevitable that the fisheries are going to be hit hard.

I hope they get some sort of compensation if their annual sales drop.

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