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secured understanding on Fukushima water at G20 summit

How "understanding" being actually measured? Is it just another claim?

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There had been concern that the G20 leaders would fail to finalize a declaration during the summit, diplomatic sources said, but they managed to adopt it on Saturday by agreeing to avoid condemning Russia's aggression against Ukraine.

Afraid of being called hypocrites?

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secured understanding on Fukushima water at G20 summit

I wonder what it cost him

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How can anyone know if he or she has secured an understanding of anything?

Obviously this is a no go picture baba. Kishida san has not secured the understanding of the people of Japan in that 85% do not agree with the dumping of treated nuclear water into the pristine waters of which we call the global ocean.

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All Kishida has to do now is to secure the understanding of a billion Chinese…

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Trying so hard to make himself a winner. Doesn't he understand the following, "I understand your position, but I still disagree." There, you've secured my understanding.

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Kishida is just trying to save face.

He hasn't secured anything

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Kishida - We,re releasing the water and thats it, do you understand what I am saying?

G-20 - We understand but dont like it.

Kishida - Thank you for your understanding.

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What Mr. Kishida needs to do is to STOP TALKING about this matter.

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Most nations in the world follow the IAEA's advice. So naturally most of the G20 nations will too.

China didn't show up. The country that is using the Fukushima release as a political tool, with no scientific evidence to support their position and despite China dumping far more nuclear wastewater into the sea.

"Plant in China releases water with higher amounts of tritium, scientist says, calling into question seafood ban imposed on Japan"

Fukushima: China accused of hypocrisy over its own release of wastewater from nuclear plants | Fukushima | The Guardian

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China is a sovereign country and does not have to accept selfish Kishida requests.

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Self proclaimed! He must really believe the Japanese public are that stupid.

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Excellent news. Other nations listening to the real facts, from both Japan and the independent IAEA, rather than scaremongering for political reasons as China is.

Michael MachidaToday 07:13 am JST

85% do not agree with the dumping of treated nuclear water into the pristine waters of which we call the global ocean.

Please provide a link to the actual survey.

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Isn't it a bit to "secure understanding" from other nations after the first stage of the discharge done? In actuality, I'd wager it was barely brought up in bilateral talks as the only major opposition is from China anyway.

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A certain country, why do these leaders tiptoe around the elephant in the room? Just state the obvious and get in with it, the entire world knows who you are referring too might as well put it out there.

Straightforward no nonsense dialog is the only way to go, the less pandering the better janai?

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The majority of the global community, including the G20, follow and recognize IAEA's guidelines and advices. That's where the fundamental understanding lies.

Except CCP China - no comments about this country.

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10 years away from now, if everyone is health OK, then we will believe what he told was true right now !

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Atomic Science is still relatively new and it may take a century more to have some idea of this very new section of our knowledge. HOW can any institution with the words international and atomic claim to give the world their word that the release of Radioactivity into the Pacific Ocean is safe!

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Kishida says he secured understanding on Fukushima water at G20 summit

I'm sure that was NOT at the top of anyone's priority list at the summit, outside of Kishida.

The other members just snickered and said,

"here comes Kishida again, with his irrelevant issue."

"Whatever he says, just nod and agree, and he will go away quickly."

And they did.

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Stephen ChinToday 11:13 am JST

Atomic Science is still relatively new

What are you talking about? People like Marie Curie were researching radioactivity at the start of the 20th century, and the atom was split in the 1930s.

And the first grid-connected nuclear power plant went online in 1954. That's nearly seventy years ago:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obninsk_Nuclear_Power_Plant

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Begs the question, has Kishida done an outline as a framework, with the content and details of the report based on the latest scientific, environmental, and safety assessments available at the time?

risk identification

risk mitigation strategies

decision making and stakeholder engagement

monitoring and contingency planning

recommendations

appendices

If not, he's simply wasting everyone's time and contribution.

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despite that Japan can not sell seafood to China. the price at the popular sushi restaurant was more than 500yen for one scallop shell sushi plate yesterday. few customers could afford....

Kishida should deliver for free to hangry Japanese!

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Kishida says he secured understanding on Fukushima water at G20 summit

Kishida secures the "understanding" of fellow G20 oligarchs about dumping radioactive waste into the Pacific, secures billions in aid from the public treasury to Ukraine for reconstruction at some date but cannot secure the general welfare of the people of Japan.

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The whole world is surrounded by radiation and has been forever, if those people at the G20 do not know this it is time they got another job. And as another commenter here quite rightly pointed out, the nuclear waste water dumping from China's 13 nuclear plants exceeds Fukishima's a 1000 times over. Oh, and the Tritium being released by Fukishima does not exceed the levels already in all the worlds oceans.

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RoyToday  12:10 pm JST

Japan does not have a seafood surplus, it imports half of its seafood.

Therefore according to your logic, Japan does not need to allocate 20.7 billion yen ($141.4 million) as an additional relief package for the fishery industry amid China's blanket seafood import ban.

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AramaTaihenNoYouDidntToday 11:29 am JST

Begs the question, has Kishida done an outline as a framework, with the content and details of the report based on the latest scientific, environmental, and safety assessments available at the time?

Yes, both Japan and the IAEA have done this. Here's the IAEA report:

https://www.iaea.org/sites/default/files/iaea_comprehensive_alps_report.pdf

They have also created an international verification framework, and asked other nations to join. China has refused, for its usual wholly-political reasons:

https://japantoday.com/category/national/china-rejects-japan's-suggestion-of-joining-fukushima-water-framework

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RoyToday  12:44 pm JST

[with price increases on fresh foods in general, some consumers are refraining from buying fish and seafood or shifting to cheaper meats such as poultry and pork.To address declining fish and seafood sales, Japan's Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) has designated five days per month as "Fish Days" to promote the consumption of fish and seafood in the country.]

From official Canadian gov study (Sector Trend Analysis- Fish and seafood trends in Japan)

accordingly, to achieve the plan target and promote the consumption of fish and seafood, cheaper price and promotion including generosity is needed. Therefore Kishida should offer the 20.7 billion yen to Japanese citizens to eat correctly and enjoy local seafood to meet its plan...

Under this coherent argument, There is no reason that Japanese salarymen feed on Cup Noodles instead of fresh seafood.

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enough publicity with his picture getting sick of looking at his face

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RoyToday  01:43 pm JST

And how much local seafood would the "Japanese citizens" buy with ¥160 per person?

until now Kishida is just bribing fishermen to buy their silences.

The beefed-up aid for Fukushima fishery now totaling ¥100.7 billion, so your calculation is wrong!

as your calculation is based on roughly ¥20 billion and not ¥100.7 billion, it will be ¥800 per person after correction. As the Gov can regularise the price on local seafood, Japanese citizens will appreciate the gesture and the media will promote a further rush to local seafood.

Kishida can contact me for more political advice!

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elephant200Today  02:39 pm JST

Japanese don't eat their own fishery products many years ago. They knew how much pollution at their seas, that was for sure!

Sure they do. The advanced nations, including Japan already went through their "pollution stage" in the 1970s and have cleaned up their waters.

In contrast, your country has been playing catch-up to the world by ignoring the lessons learned by other nations.

"Half of China’s population cannot access water that is safe for human consumption and two-thirds of China’s rural population relies on tainted water. Water pollution in China is such a problem that there could be “catastrophic consequences for future generations,” according to the World Bank."

https://borgenproject.org/water-pollution-in-china/

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His google translate must have helped with understanding. But I wonder if “trust us” really translates well in politics.

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On this picture it looks like hes really aged due to stress

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Not even the IAEA supports or understands it.

"We do not endorse the plan or recommend this to be done.

https://www.reuters.com/business/environment/iaea-chief-grossi-hints-disagreement-among-experts-fukushima-report-2023-07-07/

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I see so many opinions here with supposed facts, but rarely are they supported with a few URL links to justify such claims.

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lunaticToday 04:04 pm JST

Not even the IAEA supports or understands it.

Further to Roy's comment, the IAEA does fully understand it (see its report below), and has been very clear that the release is safe. They are also monitoring operations daily.

https://www.iaea.org/sites/default/files/iaea_comprehensive_alps_report.pdf

Based on its comprehensive assessment, the IAEA has concluded that the approach and activities to the discharge of ALPS treated water taken by Japan are consistent with relevant international safety standards. Furthermore, the IAEA notes the controlled, gradual discharges of the treated water to the sea, as currently planned and assessed by TEPCO, would have a negligible radiological impact on people and the environment.

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elephant200Today  10:42 am JST

10 years away from now, if everyone is health OK, then we will believe what he told was true right now !

Is everyone in China OK? Because they built their first nuclear power plant in 1984 and today there are 55 of them, active, under construction and planned. China's 13 plants have discharged far more tritium into the ocean than Fukushima will.

"The annual amount of tritium contained in the treated and diluted water to be released from the plant in Fukushima is capped at 22 trillion becquerels. Chinese nuclear energy sector data show the Qinshan power plant in Zhejiang Province released 218 trillion becquerels of tritium in 2021."

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20230824_36/#:~:text=The%20annual%20amount%20of%20tritium,becquerels%20of%20tritium%20in%202021.

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