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US backs Japan's controversial move to release contaminated water into sea

United States has thrown its weight behind the Japanese government’s decision to release over one million tonnes of contaminated water from the wreaked Fukushima nuclear station into the Pacific sea.

Washington on Tuesday said Japan “appears to have adopted an approach in accordance with globally accepted nuclear safety standards”, even as neighouring countries including China and South Korea vehemently protested the move.

Ned Price, the US Department of State spokesperson, in a press statement said Washington is “aware that the Government of Japan examined several options related to the management of the treated water currently being stored onsite at the Fukushima Daiichi site.”

He said Tokyo has “weighed the options and effects” in what it termed the “unique and challenging situation”.

Japan says the water release is necessary to press ahead with the complex decommissioning of the plant after it was destroyed in a 2011 tsunami, three months ahead of the postponed Olympic Games to be hosted by Tokyo.

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