China accuses Japan of not sharing enough information on Fukushima nuclear-contaminated water and also calls Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Incorporated (TEPCO) which is the operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant as having a history of repeatedly being involved in scandals of tampering with, covering up, and falsifying the data.
“Let me point out that the publicly available data of the Fukushima nuclear-contaminated water so far is all provided by the Japanese side unilaterally. The webpage on the Fukushima nuclear-contaminated water of the IAEA official website also clearly states that information and data on this webpage are provided by Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Incorporated (TEPCO). Don’t forget that TEPCO has been repeatedly involved in scandals of tampering with, covering up, and falsifying the data. ,” said Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin.
He added “In the absence of a long-term international monitoring mechanism, the Japanese side, who should have been placed under monitoring, is now the only one that tests and provides the data concerning the nuclear-contaminated water. How could anyone expect such tests to be science-based, transparent, and reliable?”
Meanwhile, China called the disposal of the nuclear-contaminated water from the Fukushima nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean by Japan not only a matter that affects Japan but also concerns the health of entire humanity.
“Disposal of nuclear-contaminated water is not Japan’s domestic affair and not only an issue between certain countries. This is about polluting or protecting the ocean, undermining or protecting the environment, and harming or protecting the health of humanity,” he said.
“On this major issue, what Japan needs to face is not a single country, but the whole international community. What Japan should do is reflect on its wrongdoing and show repentance rather than pose as a victim and try to gain sympathy with the complaint,” he further added.
On the decision to ban aquatic products originating from Japan, he said,” China’s competent authorities have taken urgent measures against aquatic products originating from Japan, which is a justified, reasonable, and necessary action to safeguard food safety and public health. Countries in the region, including the ROK, Russia, Malaysia, and Thailand, have also taken corresponding preventive measures.”
He further said, “How could it be possible that other countries are not allowed to take urgent protection measures to protect the marine environment and public health while Japan is spreading the risk of nuclear pollution to the world?”