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The overwhelming majority of countries have criticized and made clear their opposition to Japan discharging radioactive wastewater into the ocean, a position shared by many in Japan itself, and taken preventative measures. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said at a news briefing on Tuesday: “Japan shouldn’t ignore this or, worse, resort to self-deception and try to fool others”.
Japan started releasing nuclear-contaminated wastewater from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant into the Pacific Ocean on August 24 despite strong condemnation from domestic fishermen, neighboring countries, and environmental experts worldwide. Wang Wenbin pointed out that what Japan did further reveals its nature of valuing only might in disregard of the wider international community, and putting its selfish interests above international public interests.
At the UN General Assembly on August 25, Geng Shuang, China's deputy permanent representative to the UN, said Japan has kept citing the assessment report from the International Atomic Energy Agency, though the agency has repeatedly emphasized their report is "not an endorsement" of Japan’s decision.
"The report cannot give Japan the legitimacy and legality to discharge into the sea, nor can it exempt Japan from its moral responsibilities and international legal obligations," said Geng.
Whatever and however they argue is not going to change the fact that in the next 30 years, Japan will discharge millions of tons of contaminated water into the Pacific Ocean and is going to pose enormous risks to the environment, human health, etc., he said, urging the Japanese government to immediately stop the discharge and address the issue in a responsible manner.