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Japan has tough task to convince skeptics on Fukushima water release

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By Takaki Tominaga

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But the latest Kyodo News survey on Sunday found 81.9 percent of respondents think the government's efforts to win over the public's understanding are insufficient and 88.1 percent are worried about the economic damage from the water discharge.

Japan claims that no detectable amount of tritium has been found in seawater samples taken from where Japan began disposing of treated radioactive water into the nearby sea. 

However, if tritium were found, do you really think the public would be informed? Remember, this is the same government that claimed in March 2020 that it had COVID under control only to see the numbers surge fivefold two days after the government announced that it was going to postpone the Tokyo Olympics.

Trust takes years to build, seconds to break, and forever to repair. And unfortunately, repeated scandals have weakened the public’s trust in assertions made by the Japanese government. 

“Japan's sudden spike in coronavirus cases after Tokyo Olympics postponement raises eyebrows,” https://abcnews.go.com/International/japans-sudden-spike-coronavirus-cases-tokyo-olympics-postponement/story?id=70041840

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Comparing Kishida to Hitler.....I think these people need to go back to school. Unless it's meant to be a Charlie Chaplin tribute in which case.....crack on

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Politician pledges only can be used inside Japan it won't work outside Japan.

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What a childish poster. Kishida go to hell. And let's make him look like Hitler. Zero scientific argument, 1000% pure anti-JPN sentiment. Doesn't help the former at all.

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It is easy to see that there is no scientific basis and it is just anti-Japanese sentiment. After all, it seems that Koreans are happiest when they follow their own feelings and push forward with anti-Japan, just as they did during the mad cow disease.

I hope that the anti-Japanese fundamentalism that everything is bad because it is Japan will continue to be held as a national policy.

All presidents who pander to Japan should be put in jail! !

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Absolutely despicable how Kishida is being depicted in police state Hong Kong. Bad karma coming at these Hong Kongers. Why don't these Hong Kong morons present mass-murderer Xi in this way?

Communist China and Fascist Russia - and their opposition to the water release- should be totally ignored.

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Asiaman7Today  06:47 am JST

"But the latest Kyodo News survey on Sunday found 81.9 percent of respondents think the government's efforts to win over the public's understanding are insufficient and 88.1 percent are worried about the economic damage from the water discharge."

Japan claims that no detectable amount of tritium has been found in seawater samples taken from where Japan began disposing of treated radioactive water into the nearby sea. 

They should put it in drinking water then. Kishida could have it in his tea every day.

Fighto!Today  09:22 am JST

Communist China and Fascist Russia - and their opposition to the water release- should be totally ignored.

What about Japanese people who are opposed to it?

"I have no understanding. But they will release the water anyway no matter how hard we protest," said Nobutoshi Takahashi, a fisherman in Soma.

"It's only a matter of time before we see the impact emerging," the head of a traditional Japanese-inn in Iwaki said.

I suppose they should be totally ignored too, right?

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It’s not a tough task. ALPS only takes out certain radionuclides that there is no information where they dumped. From Fukushima Dainichi NPP, there is two kinds of radioactive water. One is partially treated, the other flows into the underground water table or sea.

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@Rodney I think most people have forgotten there is still at least 280 tons of melted nuclear fuel under the reactors.

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"Mar 31, 2023 — The International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning estimates the No. 1 reactor building contains 279 tons of melted fuel debris."

"Mar 6, 2023 — The company, in fact, has postponed the work. An estimated 880 tons of fuel debris remain in the No. 1, 2 and 3 nuclear reactors at the plant."

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Unless the Webster dictionary says radiation is synonymous with the word safe then Japan is lyin flatly.

The worlds delicate pearl oceans doesn't belong to Japan yet Tokyo insists on jettisoning their nuclear wastes into the Pacific Ocean for a very long 30 years!

This is unforgivable.

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So many hysterical posts. The end of the world stuff. Grab my tinfoil hat on the way out. All politics no science.

Just bought five days of fresh juicy fish including sashimi.

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Let's us just remember that the LDP & TEPCO CANNOT BE TRUSTED.

They are corrupt to the bone!!

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The Hong Kong people at present were very patriotic and wise, unlike the colonial days when the British told them whatever unprofound excuses, the people at that time just believes it. They were concerned their environment not to be pollution by a foreign country's reckless decision. The Japanese people were naive and helpless like the Hong Kongers in colonial days because LDP is a puppet regime of their master, the U.S.

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danToday  05:42 pm JST

Let's us just remember that the LDP & TEPCO CANNOT BE TRUSTED.

Do you trust the IAEA?

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My basic style is anti-Chinese Communist Party, anti-Korea, anti-Korean people, pro-US, pro-EU, pro-Japan. Where should I get my salary from?

Japan doesn't need South Korea, so I don't think Japan and South Korea need friendship. South Korea should get along with China, Russia, and North Korea. From that point of view, I strongly hope that Lee Jae-min, who is more anti-Japanese than the current president of South Korea, will become the next president.

What is the driving force behind the South Korean public's opposition to the treated water, which not only the Japanese government, but also the IAEA and scientists from other countries, including South Korean scientists, say there is no problem? 

Is it possible to call a civilized nation an attitude that categorically denies scientific grounds based only on emotion?

Don't you think it's all caused by anti-Japanese sentiment?

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Wow, a very strong image, someone is pretty angry I say.

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It's not a language problem, it's a lack of understanding.

Even if the Korean government and Koreans become pro-Japanese and pro-American, neither Japan nor the United States will benefit at all. Regarding the treated water from Fukushima, it is impossible to have a rational discussion with the majority of anti-Japanese Koreans.

This is because, unlike Taiwan, it is the country of South Korea and its people that hinders its allies to the greatest extent possible. South Korea has never been of any help in its cooperation with democratic Western countries.

South Korea should be on friendly terms with China, Russia, and North Korea, and be the clear enemy of the United States and Japan. Like the current president, half-hearted friendship between Japan and South Korea is nothing but misfortune for both countries.

Therefore, I clearly hope that the anti-Japanese president will be re-elected.

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Japanese never do anything right, when it concerned the opinion of it people

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https://www.nationalgeographic.com/premium/article/fukushima-japan-nuclear-wastewater-pacific-ocean

American scientists are raising concerns that marine life and ocean currents could carry harmful radioactive isotopes—also called radionuclides—across the entire Pacific Ocean.

This past December, the United States-based National Association of Marine Laboratories—an organization with more than a hundred member labs in the U.S. or U.S. territories—released a statement opposing the wastewater release plan. It cited “a lack of adequate and accurate scientific data supporting Japan’s assertion of safety.” 

Buesseler cautions that the filtration system has not yet “been shown to be effective all of the time.” He says there are other “highly concerning elements … that they haven’t been able to clean up,” such as cesium and strontium-90, an isotope that increases risks of bone cancer and leukemia, earning it the sinister designation of “bone seeker.”  

After examining TEPCO’s data on some of the wastewater storage tanks, Buesseler and his colleagues say that after treatment, the wastewater still contained radioactive isotopes whose levels varied significantly from tank to tank. “It’s unfair to say that they’ve been successfully removed,” he says. 

“The root of this problem is that they are moving already with a plan that has not yet shown that it will work,” Buesseler says. “They’re saying, ‘We can make it work. We’ll treat it as many times as it takes.’ If you want to put a nickname on this plan, it’s ‘trust us; we’ll take care of it.’”

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danToday  05:42 pm JST

Let's us just remember that the LDP & TEPCO CANNOT BE TRUSTED.

Do you trust the IAEA?

The entire incident has made the IAEA look less trustworthy or less than trustworthy.

They just assume all 1000 of those tanks are uniform in content. It isn’t just tritium or radioactivity. We don’t know what’s in the water collected from a damaged core.

Even heavy metals without radioactivity is harmful to health, and it accumulates up the food chain.

If you live in a country far away you may be less concerned but it’s understandable for countries surrounding Japan. Would the UK ever allow France to do the same in the Mediterranean/British Channel?

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