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50% of Japanese oppose releasing radioactive water from Fukushima plant into sea: Survey Updated: 2020-10-20 07:01:30 KST

It's not only the world but also the people of Japan who are against Tokyo's plan to possibly discharge radioactive water from the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant into the ocean.
A new survey conducted by the local daily Yomiuri Shimbun on over 1-thousand eligible voters across Japan, some 50 percent said they are against such a plan.
41 percent supported the idea, while nine percent did not have an opinion.
The country's fishing industries, especially those in the northeastern prefecture of Fukushima, are also continuing to voice their concerns.
They say discharging contaminated water into the sea would be detrimental to their prolonged efforts to rebuild their industry and reputation, amid lingering domestic and foreign consumer concerns over the safety of their catches.
Neighboring countries are also continuing to express deep concerns over the matter, with Beijing's foreign ministry calling on Tokyo to reach a final decision after negotiating with other countries.
It also points out that radioactive material from the 2011 tsunami and earthquake has already been discharged, posing a grave threat to the marine environment and human health.
South Korea has also repeatedly voiced concerns, adding it will closely monitor developments and take appropriate measures with the global community.
Despite continued opposition from home and abroad, the Japanese government provides the same answers over and over.

"We would like to deepen a discussion within the government and want to responsibly make a decision at an appropriate time."

Against such a backdrop, it may be difficult for Tokyo to make its official announcement as scheduled next Tuesday.
Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.
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