Fukushima N-Plant Water to Be Treated Appropriately: Japan

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Tokyo, Nov. 21 (Jiji Press)--The government told foreign diplomats in Japan on Thursday that tainted water from Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.'s <9501> crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant will be dealt with appropriately.

The Japanese side held a briefing session for diplomats to dispel concerns about the tainted water currently stored in tanks at the plant in Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan.

According to information distributed at the session, about 80 pct of water stored at the plant was in need of treatment as of the end of June. Tokyo explained that such water will continue to be filtered through a purification system.

The government also sought to assuage worries about tritium, a radioactive substance that remains in the water even after treatment, by presenting data that suggested that the impact of radiation from such water being released into the ocean or in the air is "permissibly small" compared with the effects of radiation in the natural world, according to informed sources.

The information session for foreign diplomats, held for the 104th time, was attended by a delegation from South Korea, a critic of Japan's policies on the TEPCO plant's tainted water, as well as those from 17 other countries and regions including Taiwan, China and the United States. The Japanese side comprised representatives from the foreign and industry ministries, and TEPCO.

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