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World News July 11, 2023

S. Korean opposition lawmakers depart for Japan to protest Fukushima nuclear-contaminated wastewater discharge

A group of South Korean opposition lawmakers has traveled to Japan to protest against the planned discharge of radioactive wastewater from the Fukushima nuclear power plant into the ocean. The lawmakers, consisting of nine members from the main opposition Democratic Party and two independent liberals, embarked on a three-day trip to Japan. They intend to meet with Japanese politicians, experts, and activists to strengthen solidarity in opposing the wastewater release and to raise awareness through global media. The lawmakers aim to prevent the discharge by fostering international cooperation. Upon arriving in Tokyo, they held a protest rally alongside Japanese civic activists in front of the Prime Minister’s residence. Their itinerary includes a visit to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Regional Office, a sit-in protest at the National Diet of Japan, the issuance of a joint statement with Japanese lawmakers opposing the release plan, a press conference with foreign media, and a protest march. Despite domestic and international opposition, the Japanese government persists in its efforts to carry out the wastewater release, resulting from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that damaged the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Source : CGTN

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