The Japanese government’s decision to drain contaminated waters of the Fukushima nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean has caused deep concern among countries in the region. China and South Korea have openly expressed their opposition to this. These countries also object to the fact that Japan took this decision unilaterally. In this case, the surrounding countries were taken into confidence, while it would have a bad effect on all those countries.
The Fukushima nuclear plant was destroyed due to the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Water containing radiation (radio-active) used there to make nuclear power has since been stored in tankers. Its volume ranges from ten to 12 lakh tons. It is feared that a large area of the sea may become dangerous due to this water. This can have a direct adverse effect on coastal countries such as South Korea and China.
On Monday, the Japanese government decided that it would begin to shed this radiation water into the sea. This work will be completed in two years. After this news came, the South Korean government called an emergency meeting. In a statement issued after this, South Korea deeply regretted the decision of the Government of Japan. The meeting discussed measures to protect the South Korean population from radio-active water.
China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi issued a statement on Tuesday, calling Japan’s decision to dump polluted water into the sea extremely irresponsible. He said that this would harm public health internationally. At the same time, the essential interests of the surrounding countries will be lost. The Japanese government’s decision has also been severely criticized in a comment published in the Global Times, a supporter of the Chinese government. At the same time, Western countries have been accused of adopting double standards in this case. It has been pointed out that the spread of radioactive water in the sea will affect the whole world, because all the seas are connected to each other.
The Global Times described Japan’s decision as ‘wicked’ and noted that Western countries have not condemned it. The comment states – “Western media and Western governments lashed out at the Soviet Union when there was a nuclear accident in Chernobyl.” The accident was used to provoke anti-Soviet sentiments. According to Greenpeace, the water that Japan is now going to put into the sea can remain dangerous for thousands of years and it is possible that the DNA of humans can be changed. But this time the Western media is silent, taking a reverse view. ‘
According to reports, the fishermen around are extremely upset with Japan’s decision. The fish industry is expected to be destroyed due to radio-active water in the region. Japan’s fishermen’s organization has said that this will ruin their business prepared over generations. But the Japanese government has justified its move.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihida Suga said the decision was practical and mandatory to restart the Fukushima plant. Tokyo Electric Power, the operator of this plant, has said that it is not possible to remove radioactive material tritium from water, but it is not harmful in small quantities. Other radioactive substances can be reduced to the extent that they do not become harmful.
The US has supported Japan’s move. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has said that Japan has adopted a ‘transparent’ process. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has also said that the water poured into the sea after treatment will not be dangerous.
But the NGO Greenpeace Japan strongly condemned the decision of the Japanese government, saying that the decision was taken while ignoring the human rights and the rights of the people of Fukushima. This will adversely affect the entire Asia Pacific region. Germany branch of Greenpeace has said that the Government of Japan is cheating its people and the world by giving wrong information. The water at the Fukushima plant is still contaminated and dangerous.