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For decades this ‘nuclear coffin’ containing radioactive debris has sat on an uninhabited island in Marshall Islands. The Japanese are said to have convinced a UN agency to dispose of nuclear wastewater directly into the ocean (Image - ABC News Australia)

MAJURO, MARSHALL ISLANDS – Here in Marshall Islands we are very concerned at the news about Japan's nuclear wastewater being disposed of in the Pacific Ocean

The Korean media is going viral alleging that Japan manipulated an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report on the safety and security of nuclear wastewater which is soon to be released.

According to the Korean media, talking points between Japanese diplomats and Masatsugu Asakawa, president of the Asian Development Bank president, have been leaked.

The talking points show that Japan is confident that the IAEA report will favour releasing the waste water because the conclusion was determined from the start.  

I cannot believe that we in the Pacific Islands know nothing about that.

The Pacific Islands have always been told not to make our decision on this issue until Japan and the IAEA released their reports

But what if the reports are not based on scientific research.

We cannot just accept what Japan says but also take into account scientific studies and the voices of other concerned people and countries in the Pacific Islands.

Nuclear wastewater will damage our Blue Pacific, fisheries and tourism as well as our health and that of numerous future generations.

Japan is selfish and we have a right to voice our strongest concern.


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