Japan has begun discharging contaminated waste water from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

And from the reaction prior to the release across Asia, you’d think Tokyo was embarking on a program to poison the region’s water supplies.

Hong Kong will ban imports of seafood from 10 Japanese regions and the city’s environment minister accused Japan of "dumping trash on its neighbors’ doorsteps.” China this week summoned Tokyo’s ambassador to "lodge solemn representations” opposing the plan, while the state-owned Global Times tabloid bizarrely invoked the prospect of a "real-life Godzilla,” the film monster which attacks Tokyo after being awakened by nuclear tests.