Fukushima, second release of treated water from October 5th

Next Thursday, October 5, Japan will begin releasing the second batch of treated water from the Fukushima nuclear power plant. The operator of the plant, Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), made the news known: an operation that, in all likelihood, will attract further protests from China. Data in hand, this is the equivalent of approximately 7,800 tonnes that will be released into the sea over the course of 17 days, the same quantity as the first release carried out starting from 24 August and completed on 11 September.

The decision

Protests, as mentioned, from China are expected. In the aftermath of the decision, Beijing imposed a total ban on imports of Japanese fish products despite the findings thus far showing that the concentration of tritium in water is below global safety standards. The Tokyo government has urged Beijing to lift the ban and commit to relying on scientific evidence, while in the meantime it tries to help the domestic fishing industry with economic incentives and expand export destinations.