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Ex-Japanese minister: Radioactive water may be dumped into ocean via Dong-a Ilbo

On his recent comments on the discharge of the contaminated water, Japan’s former environment minister and Liberal Democrat lawmaker Yoshiaki Harada said that he made the comments with a great sense of responsibility as a politician. The Japanese government responded that no decision has yet been made, but many raised concerns that it may have already decided to dispose of the waste water into the sea, stirring up controversy.

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“Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) Chairman Toyoshi Fuketa confirmed several times that the release will not cause any issue from a scientific point of view, the Japanese lawmaker said, adding that he believes what Fuketa says as he is the head of the strictest regulation authority. However, asked if he has aligned his opinion with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, he said “no.” “The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry will make the final decision,” he said. “If the government decides to dispose of the contaminated water into the sea, I believe it will definitely compensate for any losses incurred for local fishermen in Fukushima.”

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