Japanese civic group “It is difficult to score more than 50 points for inspection team activities”

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There are civic groups in Japan that oppose the discharge of contaminated water.

How did they evaluate the activities of our inspection team?

I gave it a low rating, but reporter Shin Soo-ah in Tokyo reported on the reason.

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Around 10 people gather and protest in front of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

People have been gathering here every day for the 12 years since the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident in 2011.

They inform about the dangers of nuclear power plants, but recently, when the Japanese government has realized the discharge plan, they also voice opposition to the discharge of contaminated water.

We met with Hideyuki Ban, CEO of the Nuclear Data Information Center, Japan’s representative environmental civic group that opposes the discharge of contaminated water.

Representative Ban continues activities to block Japan’s plan to release contaminated water through civil society solidarity between Korea and Japan, such as meeting with Jeju haenyeo and Yeosu fishermen recently.

Ban’s representative said that it was difficult to give more than 50 points to the activities of our inspection team.

[반 히데유키/원자력자료정보실 대표]

“I think he might be under 50.”

<50점 이하요?>

“I think so. I guess I didn’t get anything more than what was already available. “…

It is argued that it is difficult to evaluate only the facilities disclosed by TEPCO, and that the data received will only be at the level shown on the website.

Representative Ban said that radioactive materials should be collected and managed intensively, rather than spreading them through discharge, and that contaminated water can be managed without being discharged into the sea.

It is argued that purified contaminated water can be hardened using cement and stored.

At the same time, he emphasized that this statement would only benefit TEPCO.

[반 히데유키/원자력자료정보실 대표]

″ (release) I don’t know if there will be a unique profit for Tokyo Electric Power. There is absolutely no benefit to Japanese or Korean citizens.”

Regarding the ‘contaminated water ghost story’ that was talked about in Korea, Ban said it was unreasonable to dismiss it as a ghost story, saying it was impossible to know how the concentration would change later because it had been continuously leaking for more than 30 years.

This is MBC News Shin Soo-ah from Tokyo.

Video comment: Son Ji-yoon, Han Ji-eun / Video editing: Actor Jin


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