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Japan warns that it could dump radioactive water from Fukushima into the Pacific Ocean, sparking serious safety concerns

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may decide to dump radioactive water from the Fukushima power plant into the Pacific Ocean. 

Diplomats from 22 countries and regions attended a briefing at the Foreign Ministry where Japanese officials stressed the importance of combating rumours about safety at the plant.

Fukushima was decimated by a 2011 earthquake and tsunami and was the most catastrophic nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986. 

Fukushima's operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co., said last month that it would run out of storage space (pictured) for the water by 2022, prompting South Korea to raise safety questions amid tensions with Japan

Fukushima’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co., said last month that it would run out of storage space (pictured) for the water by 2022, prompting South Korea to raise safety questions amid tensions with Japan

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The plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co., said last month that it would run out of storage space for the water by 2022, prompting South Korea to raise safety questions amid tensions with Japan. 

Water must be continuously pumped into the four melted reactors at the plant so the fuel inside can be kept cool, and radioactive water has leaked from the reactors and mixed with groundwater and rainwater since the disaster.

The plant has accumulated more than 1million tonnes of water in nearly 1,000 tanks. 

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The water has been treated but still contains some radioactive elements. One, tritium – a relative of radiation-emitting hydrogen – cannot be separated.

Diplomats from 22 countries and regions attended a briefing at the Foreign Ministry (pictured) where Japanese officials stressed the importance of combating rumours about safety at the plant

Import restrictions are still in place in 22 countries and regions, including South Korea and China.

‘In order to prevent harmful rumors about the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant from being circulated, we believe it is extremely important to provide scientific and accurate information,’ Yumiko Hata, a Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry official in charge of the Fukushima accident response, said at the briefing. 

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Diplomats from 22 countries and regions attended a briefing at the Foreign Ministry (pictured) where Japanese officials stressed the importance of combating rumours about safety at the plant 

Tritium is not unique to Fukushima’s melted reactors and is not harmful in low doses, and water containing it is routinely released from nuclear power plants around the world, including in South Korea, officials say.

The water has been a source of concern, sparking rumors about safety, especially as Japan tries to get countries to lift restrictions on food imports from the Fukushima area ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. 

Tritium is not unique to Fukushima's melted reactors and is not harmful in low doses, and water containing it is routinely released from nuclear power plants around the world, including in South Korea, officials say. Pictured are the water tanks at Fukushima

Tritium is not unique to Fukushima’s melted reactors and is not harmful in low doses, and water containing it is routinely released from nuclear power plants around the world, including in South Korea, officials say. Pictured are the water tanks at Fukushima

‘We appreciate your understanding of the situation and continuing support for the decommissioning work at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant.’

Officials said there were no complaints from the diplomats on Wednesday about Japan’s handling of the water.

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More than eight years after the accident, Japan has yet to decide what to do with the radioactive water. A government-commissioned panel has picked five options, including the controlled release of the water into the Pacific Ocean.     

As disputes between Japan and neighbouring South Korea escalated over export controls and colonial-era labour used by Japanese companies, Seoul last month announced plans to step up radiation tests of Japanese food products, and asked about the contaminated water and the possibility of its release into the sea.

More than eight years after the accident, Japan has yet to decide what to do with the radioactive water. A government-commissioned panel has picked five options, including the controlled release of the water into the Pacific Ocean (pictured)

More than eight years after the accident, Japan has yet to decide what to do with the radioactive water. A government-commissioned panel has picked five options, including the controlled release of the water into the Pacific Ocean (pictured)

Experts say the tanks pose flooding and radiation risks and hamper decontamination efforts at the plant. 

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Nuclear scientists, including members the International Atomic Energy Agency and Japanese Nuclear Regulation Authority, have recommended the water’s controlled release into the sea as the only realistic option scientifically and financially. 

Local residents oppose this, saying the release would trigger rumours of contamination, which would spell doom for Fukushima’s fishing and agriculture industries.

The panel recently added a sixth option of long-term storage.

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  1. The broader reality is that the true facts on radiation toxicity have been carefully obfuscated for ages by all nations profiteering handsomely from nuclear energy, medical radiation, and nuclear weaponry, such as the US, France, Russia, India, or Japan.

    The conventional medical-dental industries and the nuclear-military industries (=the radiation cartel) have been, for well over half a century , perpetually lying about, and minimizing, the true toxicity of ionizing radiation (e.g resorting to false sneaky comparisons between radiation exposure from sunlight or an airplane flight to a dental or medical x-ray or the exposure to nuclear fallout, etc. to deliberately deceive the unwitting public) to avoid culpability for the huge number of deaths and injuries that they’re responsible for (discussed and well referenced in the book “The Mammogram Myth” by Rolf Hefti).

    The official accounts on the Chernobyl debacle, as an example, range from a few dozen to a few hundred people who ended up dead while independent analyses (conducted by people NOT tied to the corrupt corporate mainstream “science” syndicate) estimated the death toll in the tens to hundreds of thousands (in some cases approaching a million) of deceased people (and the radiation cartel-induced massacre is continuing).

    The distortions and disinformation about the alleged safety of (low dose) radiation or the purported lack of much harm to people, whether from medical x-rays or fallout from disaster sites such as Chernobyl or Fukushima, continues to this day. The real danger and damage caused by Chernobyl and Fukushima are much higher than the officialdom wants the public to believe.

    You can recognize the global grip of this powerful big money cartel by the ominous absence in the reporting of the allied corporate mass media (the mainstream fake news media) about the ongoing severe disaster at Fukushima, or by any of the solid proofs about the frauds this criminal evil cartel is involved in. You can find out more about that from Dr. Chris Busby, Dr. Helen Caldicott and others who are not tied to the corrupt radiation cartel.

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