TOKYO: About a hundred demonstrators marched near the headquarters of Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) on Sunday to protest against the ongoing dumping of contaminated water into the Pacific Ocean from its Fukushima nuclear power plant.
The protesters claim TEPCO’s choice to discharge water into the Pacific was based on economy and decided upon despite other available solutions that they say don’t pose a great environmental risk.
A mother accompanied by her child from Yokohama said she was worried about contamination for her child’s generation and that tritium could damage children’s DNA.
The protestors pointed out that the Pacific Ocean belongs to other nations. The President of the Solomon Islands on Friday appealed to the United Nations General Assembly to urge Japan to stop its dumping project.
Protesters displayed a banner that suggested new tanks could be built on land at the nuclear plant and these tanks would have a lifespan of 20 years, which would give TEPCO time to find a more appropriate solution to the treated water.