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Osaka Gov. Hirofumi Yoshimura has stressed that he will consider releasing treated radioactive water from the disaster-crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant into Osaka Bay if asked to do so by the government.

Speaking to reporters, Yoshimura said, “I wouldn’t be talking about (the release of the treated water into the Osaka Bay) if I wasn’t open to considering it.”

“I’m saying this because I’ve made up my mind (to consider the matter),” he added.

Yoshimura had previously said that the treated water at the nuclear plant, which contains tritium, a radioactive substance, should be allowed to be released into the sea if the water meets environmental standards that are backed by scientific evidence.

He had also said that he would consider releasing the treated water into Osaka Bay.

On April 13, when the central government decided to release such water into the ocean, Yoshimura said that he would “seriously” consider the plan if asked by the state to do so.

The treated water is currently stored in tanks on the premises of the Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. plant in Fukushima Prefecture, which was severely damaged in the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

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