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West's double standards laid bare on Japan's dumping decision



Apr 13, 2021, 11:12

Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Okuma town, Fukushima prefecture is pictured after a strong earthquake shook northeastern Japan, Feb 14, 2021. 

The Japanese government has totally disregarded the human rights of its own people, and the interests of neighboring countries in the Asia-Pacific region, when it announced the decision to dump over 1.23 million tons of radioactive wastewater from the Fukushima nuclear power plant in two years.

What's more, the unanimous tolerance of Western politicians and media outlets toward Japan's decision has laid bare their double standards. Their silence on this forthcoming man-made environmental disaster speaks volumes about their hypocrisy, when the lives and heath of the people in the Asia-Pacific region will be severely endangered and the regional fishing industry will be dealt a deadly blow.

As the world's third-largest economy, Japan could build more tanks in Fukushima to permanently store the wastewater. Instead, it has made an irresponsible and unjustified decision to contaminate the Pacific Ocean, at the cost of the health of local residents and people in the Asia-Pacific region, especially China and South Korea.

China is fully justified in opposing Japan's decision, as there are no international rules on who and how should define the standards of diluted wastewater before discharging it into the sea.

As a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, Japan is obliged to protect its marine environment. According to the convention, signatory countries should not, directly or indirectly, dump substances into seas and oceans that could harm or likely damage the ocean's bio-system.

Therefore, Japan's unilateral dumping decision defies international law and displays its indifference to basic ethics as a major country.

The earthquake and tsunami that battered the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on March 11, 2011, triggered meltdowns in three of its six reactors, which left clutters of intensely radioactive fuel loose in the reactor buildings. But Japan should do more to rebuild the quake-hit area, help local residents and scientifically store and process the nuclear waste, rather than rubbing salt in the wounds of local people.

Its dumping decision is nothing but a slow-motion man-made disaster.

The contrast could not be more clear than in early spring, when northern China was hit by sandstorms. Many Western politicians and media outlets were quick to point fingers at China's environmental records. In sharp contrast to Japan's attitude, China has been ready to fight sandstorms with Mongolia, as environmental issues have no borders.

Now, those same politicians and media outlets' tolerance of Japan's truly man-made environmental crisis proves how biased they are. If they truly care about human rights, it's time for them to stand up to safeguard the lives and health of people in the Asia-Pacific by strongly opposing Japan's decision.

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wchao37 post time: 2021-05-17 02:38

"...we should threaten to jointly take out the nuclear waste facilities all at once just before they dump it into the oceans"

So the sledgehammer approach is the best way to solve this situation. Looks to be an end to Cold War strategies, that's for sure.


Three points:

(1) Are we sure the Japanese will dump their nuclear waste into their own shoreline areas?  They only said they would dump it into the ocean, not the exact spot where that will happen.  They could very well dump it into the South China Sea using camouflaged fishing boats for crying out loud. 

(2) The key here is that they have DECIDED to do something harmful to all Mankind beginning with their immediate neighbors when they could have used other alternatives such as building more and better storage tanks until a better solution is invented in the future as technology advances  Their selfish decision will affect their neighbors in the near future and the entire world in the long run.  That is unacceptable behavior.

(3) So what are we going to do about it?  We can keep protesting without making any headway or we can do something responsibly by keeping Japan's nuclear waste on its own land and nowhere else.  Time is short and we simply cannot afford to stay at the stage of making verbal protests.  Together with the Russians, we should threaten to jointly take out the nuclear waste facilities all at once just before they dump it into the oceans.

emanreus post time: 2021-04-20 14:09

Whereas you would be losing face by failing to provide any reasonable response.

Newtown post time: 2021-04-16 12:15

re: "Why not fight fire with fire and offload some of China's pollutants onto Japan?"

   Wow, you well and truly showing your real face...

pnp post time: 2021-04-14 12:31

Why not fight fire with fire and offload some of China's pollutants onto Japan? There must be a huge stockpile to enable this.


Hard to believe the Japanese prime minister is so thick he can't under the harm to the eco-system, to marine lives that the Japanese people and people of other nations depend on, and the health of people bordering the ocean, and that despite Japan having suffered two nuclear bombs dropped on its heavily populated cities!  Shame on PM Suga!!  He never learned!

pnp post time: 2021-04-14 12:31

re: "If all else fail, China must apply the boycott again!"

    I couldn't agree more.   After all, good leadership's foremost duty is to protect its Citizen from harm. 

    No measure could be too extreme to fulfill iits duty towards the people of the Middle Kingdom...

     Indeed, huge tanks could be built to hold the water for the next 50~60 years untill it could be used locally...

The Skytree Tower in Tokyo is the second tallest building in the world. It is built in a 'neofuturistic' style that incorporates some elements of the 
traditional Japanese pagoda, and includes a central pillar attached to seismic dampers that can together absorb the energy of an earthquake...
  No exuses what-so-ever, afterwards the monster tank is useable as a storage tank...




China will be a serious victim of Japan's dumping of nuclear waste in the ocean and it should fight back with its most effective weapon, the boycott of Japanese products!  China very successfully boycotted S Korean products a few years ago, forcing Korean businesses in China, like the Lotte Corporation to close shop!  If all else fail, China must apply the boycott again!  The Japanese can't afford to ignore China's plea to not dump radioactive water in the ocean.  China's consumer market is too huge for the Japanese to ignore!


The right and responsible thing for the Japanese Govt to do is the build tanks to store the radioactive water, or buld underground storage tanks that will last a long time, instead of dumping it into the ocean!  But alas, the Japanese govt has explored alternatives and found that dumping it into the ocean is the cheapest!


The only way to force the Japanese govt to act responsibly is for all nations to boycott Japanese products, make it pay a huge price for its irresponsible behavior, forcing it to re-think its decision!


Japan prides itself having recycled many things and demonstrating all their sort of cute recycled products. So how come they didn't recylced the water by using it for their agriculture produce and car wash etc.?

China and Mongolia should strengthen their meeting of minds.