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The Rapture Report – China bans seafood from Japan after the Fukushima nuclear plant begins its wastewater release
By Chris Schang
Japan is moving forward with its plan to release nuclear wastewater into the seas. The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant was hit by a tsunami back in 2011.
The Associated Press (AP) is reporting:
The tsunami-wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has begun releasing its first batch of treated radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean — a controversial step that prompted China to immediately ban seafood from Japan.
People inside and outside the country protested Thursday’s wastewater release, with Japanese fishing groups fearing it will further damage the reputation of their seafood and groups in China and South Korea raising concerns, making it a political and diplomatic issue.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Japan asked China to immediately lift the ban. “We will keep strongly requesting that the Chinese government firmly carry out a scientific discussion,” Kishida said, pledging to protect the fisheries industry from reputational damage due to the release.
The Japanese government and TEPCO say the water must be released to make room for the plant’s decommissioning and to prevent accidental leaks. They say the treatment and dilution will make the wastewater safer than international standards and its environmental impact will be negligible.
In a statement Thursday, International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said, “IAEA experts are there on the ground to serve as the eyes of the international community and ensure that the discharge is being carried out as planned consistent with IAEA safety standards.”
The United Nations agency also said it would launch a webpage to provide live data about the discharge, and repeated its assurance that the IAEA would have an on-site presence for the duration of the release.
The United States said the Japan has been “open and transparent as it has sought to responsibly manage the Fukushima Daiichi site and the eventual release of treated water, proactively coordinating with scientists and partners.”
The downside of nuclear energy is that events like the 2011 tsunami can cause terrible accidents like this that happened in Japan. We need to educate people and have them understand that this is a transparent process and that with many nations involved in helping to treat the wastewater, so that chaos and uncertainty do not multiply.
We live in an age where there is a lot of disinformation out there and it seems to me that cooler heads need to prevail in situations like this. We need to pray that the Japanese people and their international partners are successful in taking care of these problems.
Keep looking up!
God bless you.