Japan still faces diplomatic challenge in Fukushima water release

By Keita Nakamura

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It's not only diplomatic, it's economy challenge, the main fishery product export is to China, Hongkong and South Korea. While Japan can manage to tone down media domestically but that's not happened not outside Japan.


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Duh....Kishida and Nishimura can't even convince their own population, what do you expect?

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"Therefore, the (Fukushima water) issue is highly useful for China since it may be possible to drive a wedge into the three-way cooperation" by influencing South Korean public opinion, said Okuzono, well-versed in South Korean politics and diplomacy.

This is the real reason for China's stance, along with gaining general political leverage against Japan. Nothing to do with food safety (China is, after all, one of the world's most unsafe places for food and many other things): it's pure politics.

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Japan wanted to sell its contaminated fish to foreigners. I am glad to see that other countries are smart and refuse harmful BS from Japan.

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this is problem for japanese economy as a whole.

who wants buy radioactive polluted fish?

some local shoppers at Daiei looking for hangaku stickers after 7PM?

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Since when politicians ever listen to scientists?

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Releasing the radioactive tainted water over the Senkaku Islands would’ve been the best solution. The Islands are uninhabitable and China would ban seafoods from there anyway. Taiwan would be pleased to see an end to the many Chinese fishing and naval boats in that area

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Chinese statistics show that 13 nuclear power plants in China each released more radioactive tritium into the ocean in 2021 than the planned amount to be released from Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in one year.


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Most certainly a complex and controversial topic that involves scientific, environmental, economic, and social considerations.

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Transparency and science based decision making.

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Japan has always had a bit of an akward approach to messaging. They don't do it particularly well in their own language, for their own people, so its definitely not gonna work to a foreign audience. Its either childishly over simplified or way too long winded scripted and complicated. They need to find their goldilox zone.

Anyone in language and communication instruction or coaching, try and help the next generation of youngsters in your charge to be able to break down difficult concepts and explain it simply in their own words. ( ChatGPT to the rescue! ) Drop the grammar-translation garbage and the scripted generic empty talk. No more "How to get to the station, or how much for a banana?". Go straight to the heart of the problem and teach them how to communicate within in a 'low-context culture style' where the message is actually important. That way they will be able to navigate the hard stuff that is bound to be coming over the next few decades. Authentic, savvy communication skills is the only way forward! If they can do it they will be back 100%

This one particular issue is just another reason for all of the anger, confusion and angst.

Be the change Sensei tachis! A simple and straightforward goal. Get good at explaining things in your own words. Own your message and step up to the plate. Then ( and only then ) will people listen.

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Hope this will lead to lower fish prices in Japan. I eat fish everyday.

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"Hope this will lead to lower fish prices in Japan. I eat fish everyday."

That is the problem. It's the cumulative effect of eating contaminated seafoods regularly. The problems may not show up until 20 or 30 years later. It’s the long-term effect that China is concerned about. China is monitoring and testing the water, and if the contamination is really acceptable, then the issue would be resolved.

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In June, Henry Puna, secretary general of the 18-member Pacific Island Forum, said in a statement, "Our people do not have anything to gain from Japan's plan but have much at risk for generations to come."

Japan is irradiating the worlds delicate pearl oceans continuously for 30 long years as if they own it.

That is an abuse that cannot be forgiven.

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