China’s foreign ministry says neighboring countries will bear the brunt of the problems created by Japan’s decision to dump radioactive wastewater into the ocean, adding that Tokyo should be ready to compensate.
Speaking on Friday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said Tokyo can no longer pretend to be deaf and dumb on the issue of releasing its allegedly treated nuclear wastewater from the now defunct Fukushima power plant into the ocean.
Citing an expert who said Japan’s neighbors would be most affected by their decision, Zhao said: “Like the neighboring countries that bear the brunt of the wastewater from Japan’s nuclear accident, China, South Korea and other countries have every right to seek compensation from Japan.”
The spokesperson continued, saying Japan must not put its private interests above international and public interests. “Disposing of nuclear-contaminated water in Fukushima is definitely not Japan’s chore. If nuclear wastewater isn’t polluted, why doesn’t Japan keep it to itself? “
Zhao added that Japan is taking a dangerous first step, arguing that its government will pay the price for its irresponsible behavior, leaving a stain on history.
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Last week, Japan announced that it will release wastewater from the meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear power plant into the ocean. “In about two years.” The plan, which was said to be Tokyo’s preferred option, was met with condemnation by Japan’s neighbors.
Concerns have been raised about the safety of the water despite years of treatment. Last year, Greenpeace reported that the plant’s wastewater was more dangerous than the Japanese government suggested. Their publication titled “Stemming the tide 2020: The reality of the Fukushima radioactive water crisis” claimed that the allegedly treated water still contains “Dangerous levels of carbon-14”, a radioactive substance that has the “potential to damage human DNA”. Water is also known to contain radioactive tritium.
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