The Japanese government made a decision on April 9 to discharge nuclear wastewater from the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant into the sea. According to a report by the Japanese Broadcasting Corporation (NHK) that day, the Japanese government will hold a ministerial meeting on April 13 to make an official decision. As soon as this news appeared, public opinion erupted, as they believed that the actions of the Japanese side would be strongly opposed by the international community. Although 10 years have passed since the Fukushima nuclear accident, the problem of nuclear wastewater treatment has not been resolved.
Early last year, the Japanese government expressed a desire to discharge nuclear wastewater into the sea, but due to strong opposition from many parties, the plan was not finally implemented. Japanese media analyzed that the reason for the Japanese government’s decision to discharge nuclear sewage is because the nuclear sewage storage tank capacity of the nuclear power plant was about to reach its maximum. Tokyo Electric Power Corporation is now adding 140 tons of “treated water” every day, and by September next year, it will reach the maximum of 1.37 million tons of storage tanks.
If nuclear sewage is discharged into the ocean, it will not only affect the surrounding fishermen, but also the global fish migration, as well as human health. China is very close to Japan. The discharge of a huge amount of nuclear wastewater will inevitably affect the neighboring countries, including China, causing a very large negative impact and it can be said that this is an international problem. In fact, judging by the current technology, it is difficult for Japan to treat nuclear wastewater in a harmless way.