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Japan needs to come clean on disposal of Fukushima water

Trust is as essential as water for the operation of a nuclear plant. The lack of faith in the Japanese government and the Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco), the owner of the destroyed Fukushima Daiichi facility, is why there has been an outcry over plans to dump more than
1 million tonnes of treated fluid that had been contaminated off Japan’s northeast coast. Authorities have the backing of some scientists and the watchdog International Atomic Energy Agency, but a lack of openness in the past has eroded confidence in the decision.

Transparency will only partly allay concerns; there also has to be consultation with neighbouring countries and independent, third-party, monitoring.

A decade ago, Japan’s most powerful earthquake triggered a giant tsunami that swamped the plant, causing the meltdown of three of its reactors. Water that has come into contact with the melted nuclear fuel is being held in storage tanks.

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