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South Korean lawmakers berate IAEA chief over Fukushima wastewater release plan

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Political game using ignorant public opinion.

12 ( +25 / -13 )

Those prices seem way low. We're they from 2011 or something?

-1 ( +5 / -6 )

If Japan offered Koreans free beer and kimchi they’d find a reason to complain.

4 ( +18 / -14 )

I live in both Korea and Japan. Both sides have a validity. Dumping radioactive water in to the Pacific is insanity.

Leaving the water on Japanese soil where water always wins on any surface or container. Is insanity.

What we need here is a new approach. But both countries should take a more cooperative tone with each other. Brain storm some productive ideas how to be rid of this tainted water. If we can put a rover on the surface of Mars as a race. We can certainly figure this problem out together.

-12 ( +10 / -22 )

IAEA should remind them that they can easily demand a re-inspection of the Kori site. In fact maybe they should.

4 ( +15 / -11 )

"If Japan offered Koreans free beer and kimchi they’d find a reason to complain." lol. stickman1760 wins Best Comment!

There's this thing called the Environmental Performance Index? It's accessible online: a "data-driven summary of the state of sustainability around the world. Using 40 performance indicators across 11 issue categories, the EPI ranks 180 countries on climate change performance, environmental health, and ecosystem vitality."

Japan ranks 25th in the world with a 57.20 score. South Korea, that bastion of supposed "environmental care and concern"? South Korea ranks DOWN DOWN DOWN at 63rd, with a 47.90 score. In terms of "ecosystem vitality" indexes, Korea's performance is even worse: Japan ranks 28th, while Korea falls to 70th place.

Facts don't lie. These politicians, filled with hatred for anything Japan, in fact fall far short when protecting their own environment. Their record of performance, or rather neglect, regarding sustainable promotion of environment protection at home is appalling in comparison to Japan, yet they point the Eternal Finger Of Rebuke outward at the Other, even when that "other" outperforms them by every conceivable metric!

Don't look here...look over there! sigh. Some things will never change...

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Wait. North Korea has a saying in it? The same government that are yearly dumping nuclear weapons into the ocean on international waters and within their land? Nah. No way they said anything.

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@Garthgoyle

The North has never armed any of it missiles they let of the leash with any nuclear weapon ever at anytime what so ever. Fact!

If they did that. It would be an act of war. So far just testing ranges with weights on every launch.

The North likes to test their nukes under the mountains in the region.

So, technically, they are just littering the ocean floor with missile debris.

Which is not cool either.

However, most is collected for examination.

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Pure anti-Japan hatred on display from the pathetic South Korean government. Showing zero respect for the UN is disgusting. SK should be severely punished.

The current SK government is failing, and using the old "lets-bully-Japan" tactic in desperation.

Japan should just laugh at them and continue the safe release of amazingly clean water.

6 ( +15 / -9 )

And so it predictably begins. The grandstanding and hysteria to stir up anti-Japan sentiments. And their rabid fan base will eagerly lap it all up. Next up, boycott all Japanese goods and boycott Japan. And then of course mention past atrocities for good measure. It is no coincidence this happens right when it seemed things were becoming amicable between the two countries again. Those anti-japanese nationalists and their followers are truly despicable people

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The South Korean government agrees with the IAEA report.

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I like the alternatives better and obviously the real reason Japan annd TEPCO are dumping these toxins in the ocean is apparent in the lead photo!

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“Our conclusion has been that this plan, if it is carried out in the way it has been presented, would be in line, would be in conformity with the international safety standards,” Grossi said.

It's words like this that make me sympathize with the opposition. I mean, who really cares if the plan is "in conformity with the international safety standards". All anyone cares about is will there be a risk to human health?

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Soon after and in about 5 to 7 years we will look back and say, okay this was a good plan or the opposite, Oops we screwed up. either way the risk is there and no one really knows for sure what will the impact be and that is the problem.

-6 ( +3 / -9 )

Sometimes you just have to nod a little, smile, then get on with it like you would when listening to a 12-year old.

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Lots of FUD because these Koreans won't read the science.

All the released water will be below already allowed release standards that are followed by other countries around the world.

Yawn. They need to get with the anti-vax and climate change deniers. Then we can ignore all of them.

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I love the photo of the article.

A list of valid alternatives to dispose the waterwaste.

Where can I more info?

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In South Korea, where there will be an election next year, the focus is on competing to see how anti-Japanese you can be. This is not the case in other countries.

In that respect, the opposition party is more anti-Japan in regards to treated water, and the majority of ordinary people in South Korea are driven by baseless fears, so it can be said that the opposition party has an advantage.

If you really care about environmental problems, you should be more concerned about the concentration of treated water in your own country, and there are more problems directly related to the health of Koreans, such as PM2.5 from China.

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Rafael Grossi finally learns in person that the supermajority of Korean parliament(62%) and 85% of Korean public fiercely oppose Fukushima waste water release into sea.

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@Agent_Neo

In South Korea, where there will be an election next year, the focus is on competing to see how anti-Japanese you can be

Yoon's party is doing a bad job of portraying themselves as anti-Japan crusaders then and will be wiped out in the general election then. Once the Democratic party crosses the 66% threshold, Yoon is gone.

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Samit BasuToday  12:06 am JST

Rafael Grossi finally learns in person that the supermajority of Korean parliament(62%) and 85% of Korean public fiercely oppose Fukushima waste water release into sea

I’ve reached Level IV stage, which is “So what?”

6 ( +7 / -1 )

Did these protesters tortured and killed any live pigs this time, as they've done in the past, while protesting anything Japan?

Facts are, S. Korea ranks very low on environment protection so that it obviously not a concern in itself for them. Their own nuclear plants exhaust more concentrated and potent waste than the very diluted tritiated water Japan is about to discharge. Tritium has a lifetime of about 12 yeas... But I won't waste my time writing more scientific facts as those people lack the intelligence to understand them anyway.

S. Koreans should take a good, hard look in the mirror imho.

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Anti-Japan and anti-U.S. forces in S.Korea continue to make efforts to worsen relations between S.Korea and Japan in accordance with the intentions of China and N.Korea.

They don't even try to understand the other person's words, and only push their selfish claims on the other person.

Four years from now, if the candidate they endorse is elected in the presidential election, relations between S.Korea and Japan will deteriorate sharply, and relations between S.Korea and the US will also worsen.

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If this ends up being yet another turning point in S Korea relations with Japan and the world, so be it.

It won't be long until N Korea has more people than S Korea. If they decide to just march across the border, oh well. Don't ask for help from Japan. You think some tritium is bad, wait until Uncle Kim comes knocking.

The US military should just pull out of S Korea now. A waste of money. And Japan should stop joint naval exercises. Call their hand.

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Well, if japan thinks dumping nuclear contaminated water in the ocean is safe then they should stop complaining about hiroshima, nagasaki, having their own nuclear weapons within their borders and they should re-start their nuclear power plants. Because it's safe to dump nuke water in the ocean, right? Right?!?!

-6 ( +2 / -8 )

It's not only South Korea but most of the world that wants Japan to stop.

We must stop dumping waste into the oceans. There's too much to lose and so little gain.

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Randy JohnsonToday  04:20 am JST

Well, if japan thinks dumping nuclear contaminated water in the ocean is safe then they should stop complaining about hiroshima, nagasaki, having their own nuclear weapons within their borders and they should re-start their nuclear power plants

See, now this is the type of deep, clear-headed thinking we need more of.

lunaticToday  05:03 am JST

It's not only South Korea but most of the world that wants Japan to stop.

Got anything to back that statement up, or did it just pop into your head?

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the wastewater release and threatens to set a bad precedent that may encourage other countries to dispose nuclear waste into sea.

precedent that may encourage other countries hahaha

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

It's not only South Korea but most of the world that wants Japan to stop.

Why Japan only? Should be all countries that do the same.

These people should at least also demand that their country stop dumping nuclear waste in the oceans

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If Japan offered Koreans free beer and kimchi they’d find a reason to complain.

Hahahaha

I don't really vote comments but this one i had to

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Back to Circustime.

Real question is, you got anything not to back it up other than the tap dance routine?

It's not only South Korea but most of the world that wants Japan to stop.

Got anything to back that statement up, or did it just pop into your head?

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OH almost forgot. Still lovin that sign. LOL

5 so "cheap" least best. Got those corner cutters dead-to-rights.

81 yrs later

spell Gain with a P

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CKAI

Today 10:54 am JST

Back to Circustime.

> Real question is, you got anything not to back it up other than the tap dance routine?

> It's not only South Korea but most of the world that wants Japan to stop.

> Got anything to back that statement up, or did it just pop into your head?

So you did just make it up lol

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The lawmakers responded by harshly criticizing IAEA’s review, which they say neglected long-term environmental and health impacts of the wastewater release and threatens to set a bad precedent that may encourage other countries to dispose nuclear waste into sea

All countries with nuclear plants already dispose of nuclear waste into the sea. That's how nuclear wastewater is disposed.

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Christopher Mas OsanJuly 9  05:26 pm JST

I live in both Korea and Japan. Both sides have a validity. Dumping radioactive water in to the Pacific is insanity.

But if China (Yangjiang) and South Korea (Kori) do it, it's not insanity?

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Randy JohnsonToday  04:20 am JST

Well, if japan thinks dumping nuclear contaminated water in the ocean is safe

The IAEA, New Zealand and yes, even South Korea thinks it's safe.

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Even in China and Russia, the communist governments only formally opposed it, and there have been no particular moves since then.

The anti-Japanese left-wing political parties and the majority of the public do not accept any scientific basis as in the case of mad cow disease. And South Korea is the only one who would go out of his way to ask at a press conference that the IAEA received 1 million euros as a bribe from the Japanese government.

This is Korea as usual, and it is correct, but Japan's policy is not swayed by such things.

What a shameful act of Koreans who keep shouting that they are always victims. You don't have to appeal to the world about the abnormalities of Koreans.

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