• Funabashi, Chiba


Regarding the June 9 front-page Kyodo article “Fishermen to Tepco: Don’t release water“: It’s little wonder that the Fisheries Agency did not approve the plan by Tokyo Electric Power Co. to release into the sea up to 3,000 tons of water accumulated at the Fukushima No. 2 power plant since the March 11 tsunami.

It surprises me that Tepco still lives in the fantasy that people actually believe what the company promises — even after it has been caught in numerous lies and half-truths about the degree of radioactive contamination in and around the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant (15 km north of the No. 2 plant).

Perhaps the long-suffering people of Fukushima would be more inclined to believe Tepco’s claim that the level of radioactive materials detected in water stored at the No. 2 plant is “below the legal standard for releasing such water into the environment” if Tepco officials and their families were to bathe in the water first.

The opinions expressed in this letter to the editor are the writer’s own and do not necessarily reflect the policies of The Japan Times.

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