Japan is set to begin releasing treated radioactive water from the tsunami-damaged Fukushima nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean, starting on Thursday. This decision, approved by the UN’s nuclear watchdog, comes despite opposition from neighbouring countries.
Over 1.34 million tonnes of water, equivalent to 500 Olympic-size pools, have accumulated at the plant since the 2011 tsunami. The water, filtered and diluted, will be released over 30 years.
While the Japanese government and experts maintain the impact will be negligible, neighbouring countries such as China have expressed strong objections to the plan, citing concerns about the marine environment and public health.