Original title: Fumio Kishida said that the Fukushima nuclear-contaminated water discharge plan cannot be postponed, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs responded
On October 18, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian presided over a regular press conference. A reporter asked a question. On the 17th, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishita told reporters after inspecting the Fukushima nuclear power plant that the Fukushima nuclear-contaminated water discharge plan is very important and cannot be postponed. The Japanese government will explain the safety of nuclear-contaminated water discharge from a scientific point of view and transparency, so as to allay concerns from all walks of life. what opinions do the Chinese have on this issue?
Zhao Lijian said that in April this year, the Japanese government unilaterally made the decision to discharge Fukushima nuclear-contaminated water into the ocean, which aroused widespread suspicion and opposition from the Pacific Rim countries and the people in Japan. In this decision, the Japanese side did not exhaust security measures, did not fully disclose relevant information, did not fully negotiate with neighboring countries and other stakeholders, and did not come up with arrangements for effective supervision and verification. The international community’s expression of concern and opposition to this is completely justified and reasonable, and Japan cannot turn a deaf ear to it.
Zhao Lijian said that the Chinese side has repeatedly emphasized that the issue of nuclear-contaminated water disposal in Fukushima is not a private matter of the Japanese family, but a major international issue related to the public health of the Pacific Rim countries and the global marine ecological environment. The international community has raised many concerns about the rationality, scientificity, credibility of decision-making data, and the reliability of nuclear-polluted water purification equipment. The Japanese side should listen to the voice of the international community, revoke the wrong decision, and stop advancing preparations for the discharge of nuclear-polluted water into the ocean. Before fully consulting and reaching an agreement with stakeholders and relevant international institutions, the discharge of nuclear contaminated water shall not be initiated without authorization.