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Japan to begin discharging water from Fukushima-1 in just two days

Japan to begin discharging water from Fukushima-1 in just two days Japan will soon begin discharging water from the nuclear reactor "Fukushima-1" into the ocean (photo: Getty Images)

Japan's Prime Minister, Fumio Kishida, has announced the start of the discharge of previously treated radioactive water from the Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant on August 24. Russia and China have opposed this decision, according to Kyodo.

"We will immediately instruct the Tokyo Electric Power Company to prepare for the start of the discharge into the ocean as planned. The water discharge is expected on August 24, barring any weather or sea conditions preventing it," stated the Prime Minister of Japan.

Mitigation of сonsequences of the Fukushima-1 Accident

In earlier developments, Japan's nuclear regulatory authority greenlit the operator's plan for the troubled Fukushima nuclear facility, allowing the release of treated radioactive wastewater into the ocean in the upcoming year.

A decade after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, we've observed a milestone: 30 households in Fukushima village have been permitted to return home, following years of rigorous decontamination efforts aimed at eliminating radiation.

Fast forward to January 2023, the Japanese government gave the green light to discharge contaminated water from the damaged plant into the world's oceans. However, this decision faced fierce opposition from local fishing unions, who raised concerns about its potential impact on their livelihoods. Notably, several countries, including South Korea and China, also voiced their apprehensions about this move.