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Fukushima fishermen angry at environment minister's remarks on plan to dump nuclear plant water into Pacific

Fukushima fishermen angry at environment minister's remarks on plan to dump nuclear plant water into Pacific

Fishery industry stakeholders in Fukushima Prefecture expressed anger over Environment Minister Yoshiaki Harada’s remarks Tuesday that Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. will have to dump radioactive water from its destroyed Fukushima No.

The remarks are “thoughtless, in light of his position,” said Tetsu Nozaki, head of the Fukushima Prefectural Federation of Fisheries Cooperative Associations.

In a related move, the National Federation of Fisheries Cooperative Associations urged the minister to withdraw the remarks in question.

Earlier this month, government officials told a meeting with embassy officials in Tokyo that they were still considering options for handling contaminated water at the Fukushima plant.

Asked by one of the participating embassy officials about the timing of the panel’s decision, officials said such timing had not yet been set, according to a media briefing held after the meeting.

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