• Kyodo, Staff Report


China on Wednesday asked Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso to drink treated water that contains radioactive tritium accumulated at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, after he said it was safe to drink.

"A Japanese official said it is okay if we drink this water, so then please drink it," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters, adding that Japan's "ignorance" of the ecological environment was "totally unjustifiable."

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