S. Korea Seeks Accurate Information about Fukushima N-Plant Water

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Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Pref., Nov. 23 (Jiji Press)--South Korean Environment Minister Cho Myung-rae Saturday called on Japan to provide accurate information about tainted water from Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.'s <9501> crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.

Cho made the request during a meeting with Japanese Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan, while saying he understands and trusts Japanese policy about the matter.

In response, Koizumi said the Japanese government has yet to make a decision on how to dispose of the water in which tritium, a radioactive substance, remains even after treatment.

Koizumi also said Japan has held a briefing session for diplomats about the matter. Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Koizumi said he told Cho that Japan will continue to provide information carefully.

South Korea expressed concerns earlier this year after Koizumi's predecessor, Yoshiaki Harada, said that there is no alternative but to release the tainted water into the ocean.

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