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Monday, 12 August 2013



Title: Radioactive water spill
Source: Korea Times
Date: August 12, 2013

The Japanese government has finally acknowledged that highly radioactive water has been pouring out at a rate of 300 tons a day from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. That means about 270,000 tons [270,000,000 liters] of contaminated water has flowed into the Pacific Ocean over nearly two-and-a-half years. It defies understanding how Japan has hid this regional, if not global, issue of environmental concern from its neighbors.

Increasingly, the March 2011 nuclear disaster is becoming an accident that exposes the limitations of the Japanese nuclear industry, and of the entire country for that matter, in dealing with a massive calamity. This seems especially so with the falsehoods and cover-up attempts.

[Korea's] Prime Minister Chung Hong-won, in a recent meeting to discuss the aftermath of the Fukushima Daiichi Plant’s shutdown, warned people against spreading “strange stories” about nuclear concerns. As Tokyo’s latest acknowledgement shows, however, what’s strange is not public jitters but the government’s carelessness.

The government should instead demand its Japanese counterpart to share information, pointing out that Tokyo’s failure to do so could violate international laws. It also ought to inspect all fisheries imported from Japan and make public their detailed level of radioactivity to allow consumers to decide.

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