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Japanese fishermen say Fukushima nuclear plant water decision ruins 10 years of rebuilding efforts April 14,2021   |  Source: The Asahi Shimbun

Eitatsu Kikuchi was finally feeling a sense of hope after his industry struggled for a decade to return to some sense of normalcy.

The nuclear disaster in March 2011 had forced fishermen in Fukushima Prefecture to suspend all operations, and their catches still remain around 20 percent of pre-disaster levels.

However, commercial fishing off the coast of the prefecture entered a transition period in April to resume full operations, and Kikuchi, who operates in Soma, about 45 kilometers away from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, was optimistic about the future.

But the effects of the nuclear disaster dealt another blow.

The government on April 13 announced its decision to release treated but still tainted water from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant into the sea.

“I had hopes that we could finally resume fishing in full swing,” said Kikuchi, 28. “The decision came at a really bad time.”

Government officials began briefing concerned parties in Fukushima Prefecture on its decision to discharge more than 1 million tons of water that has accumulated at the plant.

Their words have done little to ease the anger among fishermen and the concerns of retailers of marine products.

The water will be treated with the ALPS multi-nuclide removal


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