Japan to Start N-Plant Water Release in Spring at Earliest


Tokyo, Jan. 13 (Jiji Press)--Japan on Friday decided to start releasing treated radioactive water into the ocean from Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.'s <9501> Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant around spring or summer.

At a meeting of relevant cabinet members, the government also revised its action plan, originally adopted in December 2021, to prevent reputational damage on fishery and other products from the water release from the plant in the northeastern Japan prefecture of Fukushima.

In addition, the government confirmed a policy of setting up a 50-billion-yen fund to help fishers to continue their operations.

The government adopted its basic policy about the water release in April 2021, saying that the operation would begin in about two years.

The government will start the release after the completion of a planned undersea tunnel to discharge the water, the Nuclear Regulation Authority's preuse checks on it and the International Atomic Energy Agency's safety evaluation.

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