• Jiji


A South Korean government report found last October that the release of tritium into the ocean from Japan would have almost no effect on South Korean waters, documents obtained by an opposition lawmaker showed Thursday.

The report, citing experts’ opinion, suggested that tritium released into the sea will be dispersed and diluted in the several years it will take to arrive in South Korean waters.

The Japanese government announced a decision Tuesday to release water from the disaster-crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant into the sea after it is diluted. But tritium, a radioactive substance, cannot be removed in the process.

The South Korean report said there was no problem with Japanese facilities to remove most radioactive substances from water. The possibility that tritium will bring significant exposure to radiation from consuming fisheries products is extremely low, it said.

The report also said that Japan’s evaluation of radiation effects in nearby regions was reasonable.

The South Korean Office for Government Policy Coordination said that the experts’ opinion reflected in the report differed from the government’s position on the matter.

The office reiterated Seoul’s opposition to the release of water from the Fukushima plant and said the South Korean government was exploring a number of options such as bringing the matter to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea.

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