Japan’s plan to release nuclear-contaminated wastewater has severely damaged trust between the Pacific Islands and Japan, according to scholar Transform Aqorau. He emphasized the cultural and ecological importance of these waters to the Pacific Islands. Aqorau highlighted the political implications of Japan’s decision, noting the contradiction between diplomatic efforts and this move. He underlined that the decision reflects on Japan’s commitment to its Pacific neighbors and is a blow to trust and camaraderie. The scholar stated that this move will have long-lasting repercussions beyond just environmental concerns.