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Japan's nuclear wastewater dump prompts sharp criticism

By WANG XU in Tokyo | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2021-04-13 07:19

Activists protest against the Japanese government's plan to discharge treated water from the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea, outside the prime minister's office in Tokyo on Monday. PHILIP FONG/AFP

In a move that has provoked domestic and international criticism, Japan decided to release more than 1 million tons of contaminated water from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday, threatening lasting, profound consequences for communities and the environment.

Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Okuma town, Fukushima prefecture is pictured after a strong earthquake shook northeastern Japan, Feb 14, 2021. [Photo/Agencies]

Kyodo News reported on Tuesday morning the release will start after two years. The contaminated water will be diluted first so concentrated levels of radioactive tritium, which can cause cancer, and other hazardous elements meet Japanese national standards.

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