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Japanese fishermen are preparing a lawsuit demanding to stop the discharge of water from Fukushima
Wednesday, September 06, 2023, 07:00 (GMT + 9)
The industry has lost a significant part of the sales market
More than 100 fishermen and residents of the Fukushima region are preparing a lawsuit against the government of the country, demanding to stop the discharge of water from the Japanese nuclear power plant Fukushima Daiichi. The complainants note that the government “failed in its promise to obtain the consent of the fishermen before making such a release decision”.
Source: NIA Eco
Recall that on August 24, Japan initiated the discharge of purified cooling water from the nuclear power plant into the Pacific Ocean, which was diluted with sea water. The authorities declared that the water is safe for the environment. However, significant resistance remains in the Japanese fishing community. People fear that these actions will undo years of painstaking efforts to restore the industry's reputation after the 2011 disaster.
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The decision to release the water prompted a strong response from China, including a widespread ban on the import of Japanese seafood. Chinese phone numbers "rang" Japanese government agencies and enterprises with thousands of alarm calls. The Tokyo city government alone reported receiving 34,300 such calls between August 24 and 31.
In response, Japanese officials have made efforts to reassure the public that fish and other products exported from Fukushima are safe. So last week, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and US Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel, among others, publicly ate Fukushima fish in front of TV cameras.
Note that before the release of water, China was Japan's largest export market for seafood, and Beijing's ban is causing serious concern in the industry. Russia also restricted the import of seafood from Japan.
Source: NIA Eco (Trslated from the original in Russian)