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World News August 8, 2023

Japan to discharge Fukushima nuclear-contaminated water as early as late August: Kyodo News

Japan is considering releasing nuclear-contaminated wastewater from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant into the sea between late August and early September. The government plans to decide on the specific discharge date after Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s visit to the United States. The release has faced opposition due to concerns about its impact on the environment and public health. The International Atomic Energy Agency stated that the discharge adheres to international standards, but neighboring countries and local fishermen remain opposed. Critics, including Tilman Ruff, co-president of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, argue that the release violates international obligations and could harm fishing communities and long-term health. There are calls for diplomatic efforts or involving the International Court of Justice to address the issue.

Source : CGTN

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