BERLIN: Japan’s science and technology minister Shinji Inoue said Monday that the nation will give the international community careful and transparent explanations about the disposal of treated water containing radioactive tritium at the disaster-stricken nuclear plant in northeastern Japan.
Inoue made the pledge in a video statement contributed to a general meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna the same day.
Inoue noted that IAEA Director-General Rafael Grossi, during a visit to Japan in February, said releasing radioactive water into the air in the form of vapor or into the ocean is technologically feasible and in line with international practice.
Japan will study how to dispose of the radioactive water at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.’s Fukushima No. 1 plant while listing to advice from the IAEA, the minister said.
South Korea has expressed strong concern over the possible release of the water into the sea.