Members of the National Federation of Fisheries Cooperatives stage a rally to denounce the Japanese government's decision to release water from the Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea, in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul, South Korea, on Wednesday. Photo: AP/Ahn Young-joon
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S Korea aims to fight Japan's Fukushima decision at world tribunal

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@smithinjapan

Here's what's going to be amusing.

Japan and many wannabe-Japanese, will simply say SK has no right to say what Japan does, and it is not an issue for International courts. Then, when SKorea once again bans imports as a result, Japan will cry victim and demand it go to the ICJ and demand SKorea start imports again because it's "not fair!".

When Japan removed South Korea from its whitelist, Koreans broke out in a mass boycott, refused to refuel Japanese cars, broke into the Japanese embassy, and threatened to pull out of GSOMIA. Hard to top that.

@Thomas Goodtime

When Japan stops treating them like crap?

Meanwhile, Koreans are indoctrinating their children to hate Japan, trying to put stickers in elementary school classrooms saying "This device was made by a war criminal”, harassing a US diplomat for having a moustache similar to a Japanese general's, drawing crayon pictures of Japan being nuked, and dissolving the comfort women fund started by Japan itself just so they can keep victimizing themselves. I grew up with my own parents constantly reminding me what Japan did as if it happened yesterday instead of seventy years ago.

16 ( +19 / -3 )

Clever South Koreans. They want to bring a case to the  International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. rather than the International Court of Justice. The latter would force South Korea to recognize and abide by ICJ rulings so Japan will be on them over the Liancourt Rocks dispute in a flash. South Korea also disharges nuclear waste water into the sea, but the term "hypocrisy" doesn't exist in hangul. The Tritium amounts are lower than the IAEA standard but they will never pass up a chance to make a big anti-Japan political show out of it.

15 ( +20 / -5 )

This is purely for political gain by Moon. It is a fact that South Korea (and China) dumps nuclear waste in the sea. Therefore, Japan should be allowed to do the same. The water Japan is dumping has negligible amounts of radioactive trace elements, far, far safer than the legal levels of drinking water.

15 ( +21 / -6 )

The Korean officials have submitted an analytic report the the Fukushima water release is not a problem on scientific grounds. An inconvenient truth exposed (friendly-fired?) by a Korean media outlet.

「日本の原発水、影響大きくない」 韓国政府TF、昨年報告書出していた

https://japanese.joins.com/JArticle/277662?sectcode=A10&servcode=A00

15 ( +18 / -3 )

West: Thanks for being transparent about your plans to release the water

China,SK: Japan is not being transparent about its plans to release the water.

They will complain about anything Japan does, so no use in even arguing.

14 ( +18 / -4 )

The Tritium amounts are lower than the IAEA standard but they will never pass up a chance to make a big anti-Japan political show out of it.

and they also dump waste water into the ocean.

13 ( +20 / -7 )

I wonder how they prove that the diluted water from Fukushima would actually affect Korean public health. Is the SK also going to sue the IAEA and the US who have given Japan a green light?

SK nuclear powerplants have been dumping tons of spent water into the Sea of Japan. They have been doing so in a regular basis, and the annual amount is nearly as half as that of Fukushima total water to discharge. Japan may even counter-sue the SK over possible health hazard (though it's highly unlikely as the people are more reasonable and science-literate).

13 ( +15 / -2 )

Who actually believes there is 'only a little harmless tritium in the water?' Give me a break.

The water is 100 percent harmless. Just about all drinking water around the world would be more harmful. These protests from the usual suspects are just for domestic political points.

13 ( +17 / -4 )

Don't have much else to add to those above who correctly pointed out the utter hypocrisy of some of these grandstanding South Koreans and their duplicitous ways,

If it's not deadly radioactive water, it's comfort women or Dokdo rocks they'll be complaining about to the world.

13 ( +16 / -3 )

Just another flimsy "excuse" for the Koreans to bash the Japanese.

When will they wake up and realize that it's time for them to move on???

12 ( +17 / -5 )

Fighto!Today 11:04 am JST

The water is 100 percent harmless. Just about all drinking water around the world would be more harmful. These protests from the usual suspects are just for domestic political points.

I wouldn't try though: https://www.dw.com/en/north-south-korea-oppose-japans-plan-to-release-radioactive-fukushima-water/a-50400161

"A study by the regional Kahoko Shinpo newspaper confirmed that levels of iodine 129 and ruthenium 106 exceeded acceptable levels in 45 out of 84 samples in calendar 2017. Iodine 129 has a half-life of 15.7 million years and can cause cancer of the thyroid. Ruthenium 106 is produced by nuclear fission and can be toxic in high doses while also being carcinogenic when ingested.

TEPCO later admitted that levels of strontium 90 were more than 90 times above legally permitted levels in 65,000 tons of water that had already been treated at the site."

-3 ( +2 / -5 )

The water is 100 percent harmless.

Actually, Uranium breaks down into over 50 different isotopes. ALPS doesn't collect all. Experts have found that the majority of ALPS treated radioactive water has Strontium, Cesium reduced to 70%. Before releasing, 1,000,000 tones of highly radioactive water must go through a second process.

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

The whole world should be condemning the Japanese government over this.

And I say this as someone who adores this wonderful country and its people. I get the feeling that the govt does not adore either.

-11 ( +6 / -17 )

Who actually believes there is 'only a little harmless tritium in the water?' Give me a break.

-13 ( +3 / -16 )

Japan is in the wrong. Korea is correct. I don't see how Japan can be defended.

-18 ( +3 / -21 )

Here's what's going to be amusing. Japan and many wannabe-Japanese, will simply say SK has no right to say what Japan does, and it is not an issue for International courts. Then, when SKorea once again bans imports as a result, Japan will cry victim and demand it go to the ICJ and demand SKorea start imports again because it's "not fair!".

-18 ( +3 / -21 )

When will they wake up and realize that it's time for them to move on???

When Japan stops treating them like crap?

-18 ( +3 / -21 )

It doesn't matter what Korean parents tell their kids really. Japan behaved appallingly towards Korea and still does.

-18 ( +1 / -19 )

Very rarely do I agree with anything South Korean government does - but I do here

-19 ( +5 / -24 )

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