A decade after Fukushima nuclear disaster, contaminated water symbolizes Japan’s struggles

A decade after Fukushima nuclear disaster, contaminated water symbolizes Japan’s struggles

Even though a formal decision has yet to be announced, the government and Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) have insisted that an ocean release is their preferred solution and that it is perfectly safe. The idea of releasing the water has infuriated Fukushima’s fishing community, only now getting back on its feet after taking a battering in the wake of the 2011 disaster and the subsequent ocean contamination. Also angry is South Korea, even though it is more than 600 miles away across the sea. The local fisheries industry is still only half as big as it was before the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, he said. There must be other options.”When it comes to the science, the Japanese government and TEPCO say it’s on their side.

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