Unrelenting criticism even after the first end of Fukushima contaminated water discharge
Japan announced on September 11 that it had completed the first discharge of Fukushima radioactive water into the ocean amid conflicting public reactions to the discharge of contaminated water from the Fukushima nuclear power plant.
Despite considerable opposition from neighboring countries such as China and South Korea on the 24th, the Japanese cabinet, which started the first discharge, still insists that there is no problem with the discharge of contaminated water. Japanese people also had more positive opinions on the discharge of Fukushima contaminated water than negative opinions.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) determined that the discharge of contaminated water from Fukushima was safe and agreed that there was no problem with Japan's plan to discharge contaminated water. The opinions of many domestic and foreign maritime and nuclear experts do not seem to differ significantly. Twelve years after the Fukushima accident, the president of the Korean Atomic Energy Association said that such currents would not affect our seas.
Despite the end of the first discharge of Fukushima contaminated water, negative reactions from our people have not subsided.
People appear to be skeptical of the situation, in which the government has set a precedent for this kind of discharge even if Fukushima-contaminated water does not have radiation that could affect our direct health.
The repercussions of the incident also seem alarming, as evidenced by the continued negative public opinion in Korea about the discharge of Fukushima contaminated water. Environmental groups have begun boycotting Japanese products.