Fishermen oppose dumping radioactive water into sea


The National Federation of Fisheries Cooperative Associations called on the Abe administration Tuesday not to allow the release of radioactive water from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant into the sea.

The request came after the Nuclear Regulation Authority concluded that it will be possible to release groundwater from the damaged plant into the sea starting in 2017 after removing cesium and other radioactive substances.

Meeting with industry minister Yoichi Miyazawa, Hiroshi Kishi, head of the federation also known as JF Zengyoren, criticized the NRA’s plan as “extremely regrettable.”

Local fishermen hoping to resume operations soon are worried that the move will have a negative impact on the industry, Kishi said.

Miyazawa said the administration will not allow the release of radioactive water without due care.

Tetsu Nozaki, head of the Fukushima Prefectural Federation of Fisheries Cooperative Associations, called on officials to handle the matter with caution.

The NRA’s view has raised serious concerns, Nozaki told reporters.