Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – Japan’s Komeito Party chairman Natsuo Yamaguchi postponed his planned visit to China at Beijing’s request. This delay occurred when relations between the two countries heated up because of Tokyo’s move to dump the waste of the Fukushima nuclear power plant into the Pacific Ocean.
Previously, Yamaguchi planned to visit China from August 28 to 30 2023 with the hope of meeting Chinese President Xi Jinping. He also plans to hand over a personal letter from Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to China’s number one.
“However, the Chinese side on Saturday informed Komeito that the timing was not right given the current situation of Japan-China relations,” the party said in a statement quoted by Reuters, Saturday (26/8/2023).
Photo: Demonstrators stage a demonstration in front of the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, Thursday (24/8/2023). (REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon)
Demonstrators staged a demonstration in front of the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, Thursday (24/8/2023). (REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon)
As is known, Japan released waste water from the Fukushima nuclear plant last Thursday. This is done so that the area around the nuclear plant which was damaged by the 2011 tsunami can be safely deactivated immediately.
This sparked a strong reaction from China, which was concerned that the disposal would threaten the marine ecosystem.
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin on Tuesday accused Tokyo of being “extremely selfish and irresponsible” by continuing to dump nuclear wastewater.
He added that the sea should be treated as a public good for humanity “not a sewer for Japan’s nuclear-contaminated waters.”
“China strongly urges Japan to stop its mistakes, cancel the overboard discharge plan, communicate with neighboring countries with sincerity and goodwill, dispose of the nuclear-contaminated water in a responsible manner and accept strict international supervision,” Wang said at a news conference. .
As well as China, Hong Kong Chief Executive John Lee is “strongly against” the disposal of wastewater from the nuclear power plant. In response to Japan’s announcement, Hong Kong announced import restrictions on some Japanese food products.
Concerns were also voiced by South Korea (South Korea). Despite so far dropping its objections to the release of the waste, opposition parties and many citizens of Ginseng Country are concerned about the impact the release will have on food security.
Not only the government, Greenpeace described the screening process as having weaknesses. The agency warns that large amounts of radioactive material will be released into the ocean in the coming decades.
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