China urges Japan to address compensation demands over Fukushima wastewater release

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Wang Wenbin

29th November 2023 – (Beijing) In a press briefing held in Beijing on Tuesday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry called on Japan to address the demands for compensation from stakeholders regarding the release of nuclear-contaminated wastewater from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant into the Pacific Ocean.

Wang Wenbin, spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, emphasised that the discharge of this wastewater is not only a concern for the health of all humanity but also poses risks to the global marine environment and public interests worldwide.

The comments from Wang came in response to reports indicating that the Tokyo Electric Power Company, the operator of the Fukushima plant, has initiated procedures to assess the damages suffered by victims in Japan due to the release of the wastewater, which began on August 24.

Wang stressed that Japan should not only take the concerns of its own citizens seriously but also acknowledge the profound concerns expressed by the international community, particularly neighbouring countries.

He further urged Japan to act responsibly and engage in constructive communication with the stakeholders, giving due attention to their legitimate claims for damage assessment and compensation.

The release of nuclear-contaminated wastewater from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant has sparked significant apprehension and raised questions about its potential impact on the environment and human health. The decision to discharge the wastewater into the Pacific Ocean has generated widespread international attention and debate.