Fukushima Water, OK?

In August, Japan initiated the gradual release of over a million tons of treated radioactive water stored at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant into the Pacific Ocean.

It is expected to take decades to release all of the water at the plant, which was devastated in 2011 by a tsunami generated by the powerful Tohoku earthquake. Tepco (Tokyo Electric Power Company), which operates the facility, and the International Atomic Energy Agency both claim the radiation to be released will be of such low concentrations that it will have a negligible radiological impact on people and the environment.

That may turn out to be true, if everything goes according to Tepco’s plans, consistently and without major mishap, for at least the next 30 years. Only time will tell.

The thing is, the Japanese government and Tepco made the decision to release the water after a process that has been neither fully transparent nor adequately inclusive of important stakeholders, both in Japan and abroad. This plants the seeds for what could be decades of mistrust and contention.

China immediately banned seafood from Japan, more a political move than anything else. This from a country that’s poisoning its own people with lethal milk powder, fake rice made from plastic and fake eggs.

I have good feelings about Japan. I hope this doesn’t change my mind about the country. I hope this doesn’t give me another heartache.

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