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South Koreans protest Japan's plans to release treated wastewater from Fukushima plant

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South Koreans protest Japan's plans to release treated wastewater from Fukushima plant

Not only in Korea those protest also happens in Japan but in Japan just don't get proper coverage.

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2023-07-08/Japanese-rally-to-protest-against-nuke-contaminated-water-dumping-plan-1lh7AmzuCTm/index.html

https://global.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202307/07/WS64a761faa310bf8a75d6dc53.html

https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20210415/p2a/00m/0na/003000c

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A reasonable question is how many of the protestors know that Korean reactors release more every year than the planned release from Fukushima over decades?

And what would their reaction be if asked?

13 ( +22 / -9 )

Who didn't see this coming? They will use any and all excuses to demonstrate and vilify Japan, it is so tiresome. Both China and South Korea release a lot more waste than Japan does (South Korea’s Kori facility released 50 trillion Bq in 2018), yet both see fit to hypocritically antagonize Japan for doing the same thing on a much smaller scale.

12 ( +21 / -9 )

It's interesting to see this turned into a nationalistic issue rather than admitting that the strongest opposition is among the residents of Fukushima, who are angry that Tepco has lied to them at every turn about the severity of the problem.

3 ( +14 / -11 )

In other news Japan unknowingly contribute to each Koreas average step count and thus heart health.

Fist pumps can promote better circulation, and enjoying activities in a group setting has its benefits as well. The folks in the middle are having fun tearing up a very large sheet.

1 ( +9 / -8 )

What about the people of this nation!??

Silence is NOT always gold! or is it?

-3 ( +5 / -8 )

So these SK protesters accepted the IAEA findings on the Kori plant in SK but they "denounce" the IAEA findings on Fukushima JPN? The hipocrisy is so blatant that it's obvious that anti-JPN sentiment is the driving factor.

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@Peter Neil

A reasonable question is how many of the protestors know that Korean reactors release more every year than the planned release from Fukushima over decades?

Koreans don't care about tritium; they only care about plutonium, cesium, and strontium which are only leaked by Fukushima waste water.

@AJ

It's interesting to see this turned into a nationalistic issue rather than admitting that the strongest opposition is among the residents of Fukushima, who are angry that Tepco has lied to them at every turn about the severity of the problem

Japanese don't understand that Japanese news coverage is heavily censored like that of Russia and China. Japan doesn't have free press. If you want accurate information on Fukushima situation, you need to refer to foreign press coverage. 

Soon, you will have a true report on the actual status of radiation level at Fukushima seawater, as a Korean press managed to collect Fukushima seawater sample on July 4th and managed to smuggle it out of Japan, will be going through independent testing to reveal the true figures.

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

-23 ( +3 / -26 )

If Koreans can't trust the opinions of the international group of experts, they should also question the discharge of water from their own nuclear power plants. In this case, they may be at the instigation of some anti-Japanese politicians. I think some Koreans are gullible, unfortunately. It seems that South Korea has the highest fraud crime rate among the member countries of OECD, according to the attached site.

https://www.chosunonline.com/site/data/html_dir/2023/05/04/2023050480098.html

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This morning at around 0200 the contaminated water made contact with Pacific Ocean water. We will now be having cesium spiked seafood for the next 40,000 years or so. This is sad that the Japanese government is will to accept TEPCOs dirty money to allow contaminated water to be dumped in the ocean. Governments WORLDWIDE are in this agenda. Shame on you all.

-10 ( +4 / -14 )

Surprise, Surprise.

This is simply due to SK politicians continually whipping up a frenzy of hatred against all things Japan. These protesters are just so brainwashed - they do not realize that the water being released is safer than almost all tap water worldwide. And infinitely safer than the dangerous nuclear waste SK pumps into the sea.

Bottom line : Koreans hate Japan. No story there.

4 ( +10 / -6 )

Those SK protesters are the political victims of scare mongering tactics staged by the leftist who are allegedly worshiping NK dictators in generations.

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Koreans don't care about tritium; they only care about plutonium, cesium, and strontium which are only leaked by Fukushima waste water.

Simply false. The water is filtered except for the tritium. The information is readily available from non-Japanese sources. This whole thing is just more evil politicians trying to promote hate.

7 ( +15 / -8 )

There are other heavier isotopes, and the amount is well under international standards.

5 ( +9 / -4 )

I wonder how much they got paid per hour, like those outside the gate at Camp Schwab, Okinawa

1 ( +6 / -5 )

Every Japanese that I know don’t want this water to be released into the sea! The fishermen and the fisheries sector will suffer and even collapse after this release. And yet some idiot foreigners commenting here support the release of the radioactive water into the sea thinking they are supporting Japan in some way! These foolish brainless foreigners should think before commenting because you think you are supporting Japan but in reality you are destroying Japanese people’s future!

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What ol' Jack Burton always says

what exactly is in the waste water after treatment?

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Sorry incorrect.There's more than just tritium.

There's the diluted portion and then There's the suspension portion.

I would love to hear it too. What else is included?

If it contains other nuclides and exceeds the standard value, the IAEA will not issue a permit for discharge, right?

Could it be that there are such biased reports in South Korea?

Below is how it works in Japan. It's annoying every time.

Contaminated water generated at TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station contains radioactive substances such as cesium-137, strontium-90, and iodine in addition to tritium. These radioactive substances remain in the fuel rods of normal nuclear power plants and are hardly detected in their waste water.

Prior to release into the ocean, these radioactive materials are purified by multi-nuclide removal equipment (ALPS), etc., to a level below regulatory standards, and then diluted to at least 100 times with tritium. By carrying out this kind of treatment, the actual release is less than 1/100th of the regulation standard value.

In "ALPS-treated water" after purification treatment by ALPS, etc., many of the nuclides other than tritium are below the detection limit before dilution. Cesium-134/137, Cobalt-60, Ruthenium-106, Antimony-125, Strontium-90, Iodine-129, Technetium-99, Carbon-14, etc. may be detected, but they are all below regulatory limits.

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July 4, 2023

expert reaction to IAEA safety review and report on Japan’s plans to release treated water into the sea

https://www.sciencemediacentre.org/expert-reaction-to-iaea-safety-review-and-report-on-japans-plans-to-release-treated-water-into-the-sea/

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People shouldn't downvote a question.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

This article is not providing any clear reason or evidence why Korean protesters think the wastewater 'will definitely lead all humanity to disaster!'. Their demand is based on what, exactly? What makes them believe their investigation is better than IAEA? I really think this type of conflict between two countries should be reported by a third country journalist.

3 ( +5 / -2 )

the show must continue...

-5 ( +1 / -6 )

This article is not providing any clear reason or evidence why Korean protesters think the wastewater 'will definitely lead all humanity to disaster!'. Their demand is based on what, exactly? What makes them believe their investigation is better than IAEA?

Because there is no concrete evidence that justifies these protester's viewpoints.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

These people are always on standby ready to publicly protest at the slightest hint that Japan is doing something nefarious against South Koreans. It matters not to them that their own government accepted expert opinion that the release of the water is safe and to standards. It matters not to them that power plants in their own country release far more water at a higher concentration of contaminants than the plant at Fukushima will. All that matters is Japan is responsible for something, and therefore the pride of South Koreans must be front and center to respond. So utterly childish.

The irony is lost on these protesters that they regularly engage in the very same behaviors that they accuse all Japanese of, distorting and whitewashing history.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

I wonder if the protesters fears are based on science?

They would get more radiation exposure from an x-ray scan or flying in a plane.

4 ( +6 / -2 )

Why are we supporting TEPCO?

Their inability to manage a nuclear reactor got us in this problem.

They don't deserve to be allowed to dump anything in the ocean.

They should all be in jail.

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

Who said to throw all of them?

We have to bring them to justice. Filter responsibilities.

Put the criminals in jail.

Right now none of them has moral authority to throw any waste into the ocean.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

So South Koreans are protesting Japan, like a super yawn!

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