Japan s low credibility causes concerns among Asian countries on Fukushima nuclear wastewater release
Although Japan is trying to convince the world that Fukushima radioactive water is safe to be dumped into the sea, and the US even thanked Japan’s “transparent efforts,” Asian countries including China and South Korea, as well as some civil groups in Japan and international organizations are still expressing their concerns and strong opposition, due to Japanese government’s low credibility in handling the nuclear issue and the unpredictable ecological risks.
Japan on Tuesday approved a decision to discharge radioactive water from the disaster-stricken nuclear complex in Fukushima Prefecture into the ocean, which means Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) will be allowed to start discharges of contaminated water within two years.
Chinese experts said that Tokyo has made the irresponsible decision, for which it has received the endorsement of the US and because of it, faced very limited pressure from the West.
This case has proven that the so-called “rules-based international order” crowed by the US is actually a lie which only serves US strategic interests but ignores the concern of other countries, even US allies like South Korea, experts said.
China and other Asia-Pacific countries which will be immediately affected by the radioactive water release need to work together to make sure the release is under international supervision, and reserve the right to sue Japan according to relevant international laws once Tokyo’s act causes damages and pollution, analysts noted.