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S Korea expresses concern over any Japanese radioactive water dump

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By Hyonhee Shin

South Korea expressed alarm on Thursday about the possibility that Japan will dump more than one million tons of contaminated water from the tsunami-damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant into the sea.

South Korea's "serious concern" about the contaminated water was conveyed when senior officials from the uneasy neighbors met for talks in Seoul for their first time since Japan's new prime minister, Yoshihide Suga, took office last month.

"Director-general Kim highlighted our grave awareness and serious concern about the issue of the Fukushima reactor contaminated water," the South Korean foreign ministry said in a statement, referring to Kim Jung-han, director-general for Asia and Pacific affairs, who led the South Korean team.

Media has reported that Japanese authorities have decided to discharge some one million tons of radioactive water into the sea nearly a decade after an earthquake triggered a tsunami that slammed into the Fukushima nuclear plant north of Tokyo, causing extensive damage.

The Japanese government has said no decision has been made on the disposal of the water from the damaged plant.

Among other issues the two sides discussed were an annual trilateral summit with China and a diplomatic and trade dispute over the issue of South Koreans forced to work at Japanese companies during 1910-45 colonial rule, which has seriously strained ties between the two U.S. allies over the past year.

Kim said Japan needed to show a "more sincere attitude" to resolve the row, urging it to lift trade restrictions imposed on South Korea, the South Korean ministry said.(

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The way Japan has been handling this, and all other disasters, has been a disgrace, on par with North Korea. No plans, ignore experts, reject international monitoring, and just drag on and on and on. And then they have the audacity to blame neighbors for raising concerns.

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In this case, the S. Korean government is wrong. They are too much influenced by the pseudo-science from amateurish environmentalists whose livelihood is just exaggeration and blackmail. This is why S. Korea is the only country in the world that makes a fuss on the release of radioactive waste. Of course, the Japanese government is also in part responsible, because of their lack of transparency.

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Kim said Japan needed to show a "more sincere attitude" to resolve the row, urging it to lift trade restrictions imposed on South Korea, the South Korean ministry said.

There are no trade restrictions on South Korea. Reuters 'journalist' Hyonhee Shin using his platform to misinform the public.

South Korea had PRIVILEGED, fast-tracked customs approval for exports from Japan. They were PUT BACK TO NORMAL customs approval procedure after the 1910 - 1945 labour dispute arose.

Putting customs procedures back to normal is not a restriction.

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The sea currents off the Fukushima coast don't go to Korea, they head over to the West Coast of America has shown by the huge amount of tsunami debris which arrived there.

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Japanese authorities uses all means to make radioactive contaminated water issue looks optimistically.

But there are plural reports of health damage about dumped Tritium.

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Japanese should be very worried too.

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South Korea would complain about anything that Japan does.

Does it matter it won't even be released towards Korea? No

Dones it matter it was filtered better then any other country could have done? No

Other countries have done the same. Does that matter? Not if you hate Japan it doesn't.

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The sea currents off the Fukushima coast don't go to Korea, they head over to the West Coast of America has shown by the huge amount of tsunami debris which arrived there

Yep. Currents in the northern hemisphere circulate clockwise so anything dumped in the water off Japan's east coast will head north, collect the chemicals dumped in the water off Petropavlosk and circulate along the coast of the Aleutian Islands and down the west coast of North America. In California I would be more concerned about the stuff in the water off Petropavlosk killing sea life there than anything coming out of Fukushima.

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America is the country which has most polluted the Pacific

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America is the country which has most polluted the Pacific

Nothing but pure water coming out of the Yellow and Yangtze Rivers. No chemicals or heavy metals to be found. Right? I seem to recall dead pigs floating past Shanghai on the Yangtze.

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