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Japan to compile Fukushima plan

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The Japanese government decided yesterday to compile by the end of this year an action plan for dischargin­g treated radioactiv­e water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean.

Following the decision on Tuesday to start releasing water in small amounts in about two years' time, Cabinet ministers also agreed during their first meeting on the matter to set up a working group to hold hearings to prevent unfounded rumors from causing reputation­al damage to marine products from the area.

"We will proactivel­y take swift measures to deepen understand­ing of people in Japan and overseas," said Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato of the decision to discharge the water, which will be diluted before its release.

Fukushima Gov. Masao Uchibori, who also attended the meeting, requested relevant ministries and agencies to "work as one to take all-out measures so that efforts to rebuild (the crisis-hit area) and dispel harmful rumors do not suffer a setback."

Those taking part affirmed their ministries and agencies will work together in monitoring radioactiv­e materials in the treated water and foster internatio­nal understand­ing of the discharge.

Internatio­nal Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Grossi has said his organisati­on will play a central and permanent role in monitoring the discharge.

The second Cabinet meeting on the issue will be held around this summer to compile an interim report on measures against reputation­al damage, while working group sessions will be held several times from May to hear opinions of local government­s and fisheries organisati­ons and conduct a survey on residents.

The government's decision to discharge the water, based on its claim that it poses no safety concerns, has triggered an outcry from local fishermen and neighbouri­ng countries such as China and South Korea.

The move came after years of discussion­s on how to dispose of more than 1 million tons of the treated water, which has accumulate­d at the complex after a massive earthquake and tsunami triggered a triple meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in March 2011.

Water pumped into the ruined reactors at the Fukushima plant to cool the melted fuel, mixed with rain and groundwate­r that has also been contaminat­ed, is being treated using an advanced liquid processing system, or ALPS.

The process removes most radioactiv­e materials including strontium and cesium but leaves behind tritium, which is a form of hydrogen and is said to pose little health risk in low concentrat­ions.

 ?? YONHAP/VNA Photo ?? Protest against Japan's radioactiv­e water discharge Merchants from a fish market in Seoul stage a protest against the Japanese government's recent decision to discharge radioactiv­e water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean during a news conference in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul yesterday.
YONHAP/VNA Photo Protest against Japan's radioactiv­e water discharge Merchants from a fish market in Seoul stage a protest against the Japanese government's recent decision to discharge radioactiv­e water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean during a news conference in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul yesterday.

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