Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida spoke out regarding Japan’s decision to dump wastewater from the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant (PLTN) into the sea at the ASEAN-Japan Summit and the ASEAN Plus Three Summit held in Jakarta on Wednesday (6/9).
Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi revealed that at the ASEAN-Japan Summit, PM Kishida explained what technical steps his country had taken after the waste disposal.
“So it is more about explaining (regarding) the steps that have been taken by Japan, including scientific based issues and also transparency and processes carried out in collaboration with the International Atomic (Energy) Agency (IAEA),” said Retno.
Retno added that similar issues were discussed again at the ASEAN Summit meeting with China, Japan and South Korea or ASEAN Plus Three. On this occasion, a number of countries expressed their concerns regarding the ballistic missile tests carried out by North Korea.
“Then regarding the Fukushima issue, Japan and the PRC raised this issue. Several countries expressed concern regarding North Korea’s ballistic missile test.” he explained.
The Reuters news agency reported that Chinese Premier Li Qiang and Kishida held a brief meeting on the sidelines of the summit on Wednesday to talk about the release of waste water.
Kishida declined to explain how Li reacted in the meeting.
As is known, China has imposed an import ban on Japanese seafood products in response to the release of waste water.
ASEAN’s Firm Attitude Regarding Fukushima
Greenpeace Indonesia Climate and Energy Campaigner, Didit Haryo Wicaksono, believes that at the ASEAN Summit, member countries should be able to take a firm stance against the Japanese government’s policy of dumping Fukushima nuclear power plant waste water into the sea. Moreover, geographically, ASEAN countries have water borders that are quite close to Japan.
“I think we don’t have much time, but as an ASEAN country we can prepare to carry out deeper research into the impact of this exile, and from there we can issue steps and perhaps policies as an association of ASEAN member countries regarding Japan’s policies. … So that Japan’s policies in the future can be stricter, especially in how they manage this radioactive waste,” said Didit.
Didit said that this step was important to take, considering that the impact of the threat of waste water disposal in the future would be quite fatal, one of which is increasing the risk of developing cancer.
“In fact, since 2020 we have been warning Japan that perhaps in the next 2-3 years Japan’s wastewater storage capacity will experience an amount that they cannot manage, they must immediately think about how because one of the wastes that will be produced from this wastewater is carbon 14 “, and from the research we conducted, carbon 14 has an impact on health, especially on human DNA in the future and can cause cancer,” he explained.
Even though the Japanese government has always insisted that the elements in this waste, such as carbon 14, have undergone a very strict processing process so that it is safe enough to be thrown into the sea, Didit said that in May this year exposure to cesium-137 was found to be 180 times higher. from the standards for fish found in Fukushima waters.
“What this actually means is that in theory they say it is safe, but in reality on the ground it says something else. So the threat to the content of these substances is something you have to be careful of because, again, we can’t see the impact in 1-2 years, the impact will be very long once it enters the cells of living creatures. Yes, perhaps the biggest risk will be increased cancer in creatures. live alone,” he added.
Didit further explained that there is no safe way to manage waste from a nuclear power plant. He considered that the Japanese government’s way of disposing of this waste was the cheapest way. According to him, the Japanese government must immediately think about further policies to mitigate the worst impacts in the future.
“This will be a big PR for the Japanese government in the future. I also think this is the problem why until yesterday the Prime Minister tried to eat fish because economically it also has an impact on their seafood production. “So the campaign to show that this is safe, I think it’s not for environmental reasons but more for economic reasons,” he concluded. (gi/rs)