Tons of cooling water are stored in tanks. Because there is no room for much more, it is to be discharged into the Pacific. It is not only fishermen who are protesting.
Where to put the contaminated cooling water? Fukushima nuclear power plant, located directly on the sea Photo: Kyodo/dpa
Despite opposition from local residents and fishermen as well as from South Korea, Japan’s government wants to allow huge amounts of filtered cooling water from the nuclear ruins in Fukushima to be discharged into the Pacific Ocean. Japanese media reported that this decision is likely to be made before the end of October. "We cannot keep postponing this issue into the future without committing ourselves," cabinet spokesman Katsunobu Kato responded to press reports. Economy Minister Hiroshi Kajiyama stressed that without an early decision, the decommissioning of the Fukushima nuclear power plant would be delayed.