Evacuate wastewater without proper filtering? How dare you Japan!


Editor’s Note: The following article is taken from the Chinese column “The Real Point” on CRI. The article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of CGTN.

Since making the decision to discharge the wastewater from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant into the Pacific Ocean, the Japanese government has promoted the safety of the plan. A report released on June 20 by one of the country’s media, however, turned out to be a slap in the face.

This report from the Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK) asserted that the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), in charge of treating nuclear wastewater from Fukushima, was asking the public for feasible technical solutions to filter the tritium radionuclide. The release of this information immediately sparked a public outcry, with some turning to the internet to ask: without a proper filtering technique at hand, how dare the Japanese government make the decision to discharge the sewage?

In fact, since its launch last April, the unilateral plan has been condemned by neighboring countries and the rest of the world. However, the Japanese government chose to turn a deaf ear and invented lie after lie in response to sensitive questions from the international community such as “how would nuclear wastewater be technically treated?” and “what kind of dire consequences could liberation bring?” Some Japanese politicians have even ridiculously suggested that the nuclear power plant’s treated water is safe enough to drink. However, none of them have even taken a sip of it so far.

So, to what extent is Japan technically capable (or incapable) of properly disposing of nuclear wastewater? Fukushima Minpo, a local Japanese newspaper, reported as early as November 2013 that the Japanese Government’s Committee on Countermeasures for the Treatment of Contaminated Water had discussed ways to filter tritium while deliberating on the treatment of contaminated water from the power plant, but arrived at the question would for the moment be put aside because it was technically out of reach of the country. It therefore remains unresolved to this day.

This clearly shows that Japan has been technically incapable of treating nuclear wastewater for a long time. The international community therefore has every reason to wonder: how can a country devoid of essential technologies convince the world that the radioactive nuclear water it plans to dump into the sea is safe?

For a long time, the Japanese government and TEPCO lied about their handling of the Fukushima nuclear accident and its aftermath. For example, in May some containers with nuclear wastewater at the nuclear power plant leaked, which has already resulted in the release of radioactive wastewater into the sea. What TEPCO did, however, was hide it. until media exposure forced the company to reluctantly admit the accident.

How could the Japanese government trust TEPCO, a company long discredited for hiding and distorting events, to independently provide authentic statistics? The company’s recent decision to seek tritium removal solutions is probably nothing more than a show to pull the wool over the public eye. As to whether Japan could really get its hands on a technique effective enough to filter tritium, only the Japanese government knows.

According to recent Kyodo News coverage, TEPCO decided not to measure the actual levels of tritium in the treated water to be discharged, but instead would assess whether the water meets international safety standards simply based on the concentration of the nuclide. . It is obvious that Japan is doing everything it can, including and above all lying and deceiving, to frame a narrative that justifies its evil plan.

Historically, Japan has launched invasions in many countries, inflicting unspeakable humanitarian catastrophes for which its politicians remain shameless and unrepentant today. Today, by launching a plan to dump nuclear wastewater into the ocean against international opposition, Japan is endangering global human and ecological health and testing the limits of justice and human conscience.

Under no circumstances should the international community allow Japan to do what it wants. Trying to pull tricks and get by? Japan shouldn’t even think about it!

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