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China dares Japanese officials to drink Fukushima wastewater

China is ratcheting up pressure over Japan's plan to release treated water from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant into the ocean, calling on government officials to drink the liquid to prove its safety.

"Japanese politicians said treated wastewater is 'innocent', why don't they drink, cook & wash clothes with the water first?" Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said on Twitter on Thursday (April 15).

When questioned on Friday about the comments, Japan Finance Minister Taro Aso sidestepped queries and said Fukushima water contamination levels are below international guideline limits.

Tokyo's plan to release the treated water into the Pacific Ocean announced on Tuesday has been harshly criticised by China, Taiwan, South Korea and North Korea.

Mr Aso has said the water seemed safe enough to drink.

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