The Japanese government met this morning and formally decided to discharge more than 1.3 million tons of waste water from the Fukushima nuclear power plant into the ocean. It will take about 30 years for all of the water to be treated and released into the sea. I have mixed feelings when I read the news.
First, releasing nuclear waste into the ocean is dangerous. Although Japan argues that the waste water has been treated to drinkable grade, there is still tritium, a radioactive element that cannot be purified. I inquired some information and concluded that due to its biological activity, tritium can be used by human cells for cell metabolism to cause direct internal irradiation, and may cause damage to human DNA, leading to cancer and teratogenesis.
At the same time, we should know that once Japan is sure to throw nuclear waste into the Pacific Ocean, then the whole Asia-Pacific region, including the US, China, Russia and even the whole East Asia, Southeast Asia, North America, South America, Australia will not be spared, because the ocean is flowing and all this will get out of control. By then, the Marine environment will be destroyed and Marine biodiversity will be reduced, which will be an ecological disaster of unprecedented proportions.
Besides, it's a huge blow to Pacific fisheries, which will no longer be fit for fishing. Don't think you can just skip fish. According to bioenrichment, toxins accumulate in animals' bodies step by step, and it's humans at the top of the food chain who ultimately suffer. So it is impossible for any of us to avoid the effects of nuclear waste.
Second, I think Japan is acting selfishly. The sea is home to countless Marine creatures and a treasure trove of resources shared by all mankind. The discharge of nuclear waste into the sea has had adverse effects on the Marine environment, food safety and human health. The Japanese government's insistence on discharging wastewater over the objections of local residents and neighboring countries is a selfish and irresponsible act. The irony is that Japan, while promoting greenery at home, does not keep its international responsibilities in mind.
Third, I am dismayed by the collective silence of Western governments. Western countries are generally indifferent to this issue, giving people a "have nothing to do with me" attitude. The US State Department responded today by saying it supported the Japanese government's decision and that the practice appears to be consistent with globally recognized nuclear safety standards. I think it's ridiculous. If the waste water is safe, why not dump it directly into Japan's water recycling system? Why into the Pacific Ocean? It's not that simple. Don't the US government and media pay much attention to environmental protection and human rights?
I think we should work together to find a better way, instead of just sitting on the sidelines. The future of the oceans and humanity cannot be decided by any one country alone. If we don't stop what Japan is doing now, it will do irreparable harm to all of humanity.
Thomas Lee Multinational Senior Executive
The western world and western media are COMPLETELY silent about this man-made CRIME of polluting the Pacific Ocean with radioactive waste water. That's one of the benefits that Japan is a vassal state of USA and their masters in America controls the media.
It's really sad for Japanese fishermen and citizens who will have to consume radioactive sushi and sashimi. The polluted radioactive waters will find themselves in all parts of the Pacific including the West coast of USA in no time !