Japan has confirmed its plan to release over 1 million metric tonnes of treated radioactive water from the Fukushima nuclear plant starting August 24.
This move, sanctioned by the government two years ago and aimed at facilitating plant decommissioning, has sparked objections from China and local fishing communities concerned about reputation and livelihood risks.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida stated that the release aligns with Nuclear Regulation Authority-approved plans, contingent on weather conditions.
The decision follows recent discussions with the fishing industry, where some understanding was reached despite persistent concerns over reputational impact.
Japan asserts the safety of this water release, supported by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the United Nations’ nuclear oversight body, which granted approval in July.
The IAEA deemed the plan compliant with global standards and stated its expected minimal impact on both individuals and the environment.