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Japan’s plan to release radioactive water into sea led to criticisms and protests from neighbors'


South Koreans are shaving their head to protest against Japan’s nuclear wastewater plan.

Source: Republic World


Japan’s plan


Japan planned to release treated radioactive water from Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea. Japan stated that the wastewater will be treated and diluted, so the radiation reduces and water is safe for drinking. Rejection from neighbors:

Japan’s decision led to opposition from its neighbors. China and South Korea stand in the same stance that is opposing the release of contaminated water from Fukushima.

Seoul has strongly opposed the decision, with foreign ministry summoning Japanese ambassador and President Moon Jae in ordering officials to explore petitioning, an international court, over Japan’s decision to release water from its Fukushima nuclear plant. Opposition from others:

Environmental groups like Greenpeace have expressed their concern and have strongly opposed the release of water into the ocean. The NGO said Japan’s plans to release the water showed the government “once again failed the people of Fukushima”. The country’s fishing industry has also argued against it and is worried about sales going down. Since the consumers refused to buy the products from the region. Protests: South Korean students have been shaving heads as a protest. Till 30 college students have shaved their heads in front of the Japanese embassy, to protest against Tokyo’s plan of releasing radioactive water in the sea. They draped the protestors in protective sheets, emblazoned with messages, calling out the government and demanding to abandon the plan. Although the police helped in dispersing the crowds, who chanted and held placards but didn’t stop it from being held, despite the anti-pandemic ban on gatherings


UN and US stance:

The UN experts expressed their concerns regarding the issue. This was because Japan's act could hold potential threats to human health and the environment. Thereafter, they urged Japan not to rush the discharge of radioactive water. However, the US has extended its support and backed Japan's controversial statement of dumping 1.3 million of radioactive wastewater into the Pacific Ocean.


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