IAEA Delegation to Supervise Fukushima Water Discharges

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The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will visit Japan today. There, the IAEA will oversee work related to the release

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The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will visit Japan today. There, the IAEA will oversee work related to the discharge of contaminated water into the ocean by the now decommissioned Fukushima plant. The Japanese government called the agency to help them monitor the safety of the water release, which is expected to begin in 2023.

Despite vocal opposition from the Chinese and South Korean governments as well as the local fishing industry, experts argue that treating the contaminated water will successfully reduce all isotopes to a minimum level, except for tritium, which is harmless in small amounts. The Japanese government believes that release at sea is the safest option for emptying contaminated water tanks.

Since the collapse of Fukushima in 2011, there has been strong domestic opposition to Japanese nuclear power. Despite this, Japan lacks fuel reserves and relies heavily on imports for its energy production. With the global trend towards a more sustainable future, Japan may need to reconsider its view of nuclear power as a necessary alternative energy solution. In addition, the decision to release the contaminated water will further weaken Japan’s relationship with South Korea, which has soured in recent years due to historical, territorial and trade disputes.

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