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S Korea seeks Kerry's support against Japan's Fukushima plans

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By Hyonhee Shin and Daewoung Kim

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Not only about accidents like Fukushima, Chernobyl or Three-Mile Island, I am also worried about nuclear carriers and nuclear submarines. Are they absolutely unsinkable and invincible in wars? What if they were sunk by missiles or torpedo attacks.

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zichi,

There will remain high security and safe storage for the millions of tons of nuclear waste for many tens of thousands of years.

When former Prime Minister Hiroyasu Nakasone touted his government's deregulation policy of nuclear power plants by saying that nuclear power promises a bright future for Japan, critiques criticized it by saying that building a nuclear power plant is like building a house without toilets.

The critiques were right because the method of how to effectively dispose of nuclear waste hasn't been found so far anywhere in the world.

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Complaining about and bashing Japan at every level and opportunity has become a favorite Korean pastime.

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S. Korea,

How much pollution is coming from China? Have you seen your sky?

That's not coming from Japan, that's coming from your buddy CCP China, same country who helped North Korea.

China gets a complete pass from South Korea.

Nothing on the pollution coming from China. Air or water.

Nothing on the overfishing China is doing.

Nothing on the fake islands their building.

Nothing on Taiwan.

Nothing on Hong Kong.

They have not joined Quad Alliance to balance China.

China has released radioactive water before after it was treated, just like Japan is planning to do!

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More Korean garbage!

They want to know how ''ALPS'' works too!

Dear Japan, we in S. Korea want to know how your advance technology to filter water radiation works. Korean is skeptical, and wants to know how the technology works.

Can we see the machines Japan?

Can we get some blueprints?

How does this advance technology works? Korean wants to know how it works. Otherwise it's not real and it doesn't work.

We should give the Korean the patents too. Otherwise he doesn't believe it works. It's not sincere, they are still upset.

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You see? South Korea has just flipped itself

https://www.jiji.com/jc/article?k=2021041900822&g=int

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Republic of Korea has guts! They stood defiance for principal! Japan's attempt to polluting the Pacific Ocean must stop!

Just Search and Read South Korea's official report about Fukushima waters released into the ocean , published in Oct 2020 and come back.

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Having guts means nothing without wisdom and integrity. South Korea already dumps radioactive wastewater into the ocean. Japan's plan is approved, monitored and supported by the IAEA. This is the usual political nonsense.

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Republic of Korea has guts! They stood defiance for principal! Japan's attempt to polluting the Pacific Ocean must stop!

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I, for one, am opposed to nuclear power plants anywhere in the world. Humans should seek other sources of renewable energy. No more Hiroshima; no more hibakusha; no more Fukushima. Chernobyl and Three-mile Island.

There will remain high security and safe storage for the millions of tons of nuclear waste for many tens of thousands of years.

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The core meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear power plant was caused by force majeure, an earthquake and tsunamis. TEPCO , the company that operates the nuclear power plant, cooled the meltdown core with ground water, but where did the nuclear-contaminated water have to go? So, the company started building and installing tanks after tanks, hundreds of them, to store the contaminated water.

It's said there will be no more ground space for tanks to be installed. That's why Tokyo decided to release the stored water into the sea after treating it to a harmless level. The government says tritium will be reduced one-fortieth, far below the level humans are exposed naturally. Why does the government come into play here?

Is the problem tritium only, though? Judging from strong protests lodged by South Korea and China, there must be other problems than tritium. Could anyone provide the answer?

I, for one, am opposed to nuclear power plants anywhere in the world. Humans should seek other sources of renewable energy. No more Hiroshima; no more hibakusha; no more Fukushima. Chernobyl and Three-mile Island.

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@AviBajaj try making sense sometime. isn't that difficult to do.

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The tritium-laced water is not going to be released into the Japan Sea, but the Pacific Ocean; last I checked, Miyagi ken was still on the east side of Honshu. The ROK is seriously nuts if they think they can somehow drive a wedge between Japan and the US on any issue, when the US needs them both on the same page, and essentially backstops their collective national defense. Go figure...

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Another vain attempt by South Korea to get the U.S. to side with them on an anti-Japan political issue.

But asking John Kerry is really really stupid considering how Moon made him lose face back in 2015.

https://kr.usembassy.gov/statement-from-secretary-kerry-resolution-of-the-comfort-women-issue/

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I'm not sure any of the ocean currents passing by Fukushima go in the direction of Korea or China. Fukushima is on the East Coast of Japan, bordering the Pacific Ocean and not the Japan Sea. I am relying upon Google for my info on ocean currents, so perhaps my info is flawed.

Fukushima's water goes around Pacific Ocean all the way and come back to Japan and Korea 10 years later, scientists said. In 2013 S Korean scientists officially said no problem at all about Fukushima tritium because tritium is extremely diluted in ocean at that time. But Moon changed his mind suddenly.

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I'm not sure any of the ocean currents passing by Fukushima go in the direction of Korea or China. Fukushima is on the East Coast of Japan, bordering the Pacific Ocean and not the Japan Sea. I am relying upon Google for my info on ocean currents, so perhaps my info is flawed.

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S Korea has 20 reactors operating now and discharging tritium into sea. Japan has 55 reactors but only 9 reactors operating and 46 are being stopped or some on maintenance and discharge into sea. S Korea is discharging much more tritium than Japan right now. I wonder how Kerry can support S Korea.

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Well, they don't trust their former leaders/historical decisions, not to mention, their own official remarks to Fukushima's water by their own scientific research just PR-ed a year ago. Flipping this much is nothing but noise=emotional or some fundamental problems, You SEE?

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S Korea seeks Kerry's support against Japan's Fukushima plans

A corrected headline is: S Korea seeks Kerry's support against Japan's Fukushima plans IN VAIN.

South Korea was lobbying the wrong person. Kerry has shifted his position on nuclear power mostly for the sake of tackling climate issues.

John Kerry - From Anti-Nuclear to "Go For It"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f15rSTy7Spg&feature=emb_title

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Why don't JAPAN use electrolysis n separate the water n use the hydrogen for toyota mirai to get some cash back otherwise contaminated water will keep on rising until the fukushima II disaster strikes again

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Well Kerry's statements are contradicting US' recent extension banning all Fuku products. And there is a reason for all that which we will soon find out.

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Another day, another complaint from Korea

Sorry to break the news. It ain't just Korea. Taiwan? They already warned Japan that they increased radioactive monitoring units in the sea from 32 to 99 and will sue Japan if their fishing industry faces financial losses which amounts to 550 million annually. And Philippines, France, Canada, Russia etc. They're all complaining. I just love how Japanese media outlets only focus on Korea for all the wrong reasons.

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Kerry is the wrong person to ask. Since he flies around in a private jet, he cares about as much about the environment as his Japanese counterpart, Koizumi Jr.

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It will be safe to just release it into the Japan sea and beaches that belong to Japan they say it will be safe..problem solved

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I agree Japan doesnt know what its doing. Nor do they know how to manage situation. The quicker you can get outsider in and manage situation, the better for the world.

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Another day, another complaint from Korea. What about the radioactive water Seoul regularly releases into the Sea of Japan? They dont seem to want to talk about that.

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