South Korea to Petition Japan Releasing of Fukushima Water

South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday ordered officials to explore petitioning an international court over the decision of Japan to release water from its Fukushima nuclear plant amid protests by fisher folks and environmental groups.

Moon’s spokesman said in a briefing that officials should look into ways to refer Japan’s move to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, including filing for an injunction.

Japan disclosed its plans on Tuesday to release more than 1 million tons of contaminated water into the sea from the plant.

South Korea denounced the decision and summoned Tokyo’s ambassador Koichi and convened an intra-agency emergency meeting to craft its response. 

“I cannot but say that there are many concerns here about the decision as a country that is geologically closest and shares the sea with Japan,” Moon said, asking Aiboshi to convey such worries to Tokyo, according to Kang.

A group of 25 fisheries organizations has also staged a rally and submitted a written protest to the embassy, urging Tokyo to revoke the decision and Seoul to ban imports from Japanese fisheries.

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