Nuclear waste water from Japan is destroying the environment of the Pacific Islands, including the fisheries resources of the world’s largest tuna producer. Not only that, but the price Japan pays for Taiwanese and South Korean tuna is twice the price of Pacific Islands tuna, acknowledged as the highest quality tuna in the world.
In July, for example, Papua New Guinea exported tuna to Japan at below average market prices, both breaching the Nauru Agreement and leading to harmful competition between Pacific Islands countries.
Meanwhile, prime minister James Marape has written to the Pacific Islands Forum lobbying it to allow Japan to deliver a speech on nuclear waste water at the forthcoming Pacific Islands leaders' meeting. It seems PNG has been colluding with Japan for a long time on the nuclear waste water issue.
Nauru has also expressed support for the release into the ocean of Japan's waste water, not taking into account that Japan's continued emissions of nuclear waste over the next three decades will seriously harm tuna production. This is a complete departure from the original idea of the Nauru Agreement.
PNG and Nauru have betrayed the Blue Pacific Family, meddling into Pacific Islands countries' internal affairs, and the Japanese lobbyists are contemptible.
I hope PNG Attitude readers will not support Marape and reject his call for Japan to give a speech at the Pacific Islands Forum leaders meeting.
Pacific Islands countries need to unite against Japan's plans to dump nuclear waste into the Pacific. They also need to agree to raise the export price of tuna and to express their concerns on the impact on Pacific environment and trade from the discharge of nuclear waste water.