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China Threatens Retaliation Over Japan's Decision To Dump Radioactive Fukushima Waste Water

Out of all Japan's major allies and neighbors, it appears the US is the only one to support Tokyo's decision to dump

As we noted yesterday, with nuclear waste and fuel rods still contaminating the area, more than one million tons of radioactive waste water has seeped from the facility, and more seeps out every day, forcing authorities into what Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga describes as the "unavoidable" position of having to dump the water. After more than 10 years and a containment effort that the government branded a "success", Japan has decided to start dumping the radioactive water back into the ocean.

China's foreign ministry on Tuesday blasted the Japanese government for being "extremely irresponsible" in its decision to release 1 million tons of waste water into the Pacific Ocean over two years, a decision that has prompted fierce opposition from the local fishing industry as well as nearby countries, including South Korea. Beijing even threatened to retaliate against Japan for the decision. However, the US deemed Japan's plans "acceptable". Here's more from the SCMP.

In a statement on Tuesday, Beijing said safety concerns remain and that China had not been properly consulted by Tokyo over the decision.

"The Japanese side has yet to exhaust all avenues of measures, disregarded domestic and external opposition, has decided to unilaterally release the Fukushima plant’s nuclear waste water without full consultation with its neighboring countries and the international community," the foreign ministry statement said.

"This action is extremely irresponsible and will pose serious harm to the health and safety of the people in neighboring countries and the international community."

China called on Tokyo to reverse the decision, adding that it would continue to monitor the development and "reserve the right to respond further."