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Fukushima: US will Purhcase for Japanese Seafood For US Military in Japan

Fukushima: US will Purhcase for Japanese Seafood For US Military in Japan



Fukushima: US will Purhcase for Japanese Seafood For US Military in Japan

On October 31, the US Ambassador to Japan, Ram Emmanuel, revealed that the United States had initiated the purchase of Japanese seafood for use by the US military in Japan, leading to a direct confrontation with China over their import restrictions on Japanese seafood.

Fukushima: US will Purhcase for Japanese Seafood For US Military in Japan

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Emmanuel described China’s ban on Japanese seafood imports as part of an “economic war” during an interview with Reuters on the 30th of October. China had previously been the largest importer of Japanese seafood, including scallops, but they suspended all imports following Japan’s decision to release contaminated water from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant into the ocean in August.

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Emmanuel indicated that the United States needed to explore broader solutions to offset the consequences of China’s actions and suggested that the military’s purchase of seafood would likely involve long-term contracts. He also mentioned that the United States was in discussions with Japanese authorities to ensure that Japanese scallops would be directed towards registered processing facilities in the United States.

Emmanuel stated that the best approach to address China’s aggressive actions was to assist countries and industries under attack, which he believed had been a proven and effective method. Additionally, he pointed out that China was facing economic challenges by turning away from the international system and noted that approximately 30% of Chinese youth were unemployed.

In response to Emmanuel’s comments, Wang Wenbin, a spokesperson for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, criticized the ambassador during a regular press conference on the same day. Wang emphasized that the duty of diplomats is to promote friendship between nations and not to slander other countries or incite disputes. He reiterated China’s consistent and unequivocal opposition to Japan’s release of contaminated water from the Fukushima nuclear plant and called for the establishment of long-term and effective monitoring measures by the international community, ensuring substantial participation from neighboring countries and relevant stakeholders.

The purchase of Japanese scallops for the US military in Japan has thus become a point of contention between the United States and China, as they continue to spar over economic and diplomatic issues.


How about the Fukushima situation?

 
 

The Fukushima situation refers to the ongoing challenges and issues related to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant following a major nuclear disaster in 2011.

Here is more information about the Fukushima situation:

  1. Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster: The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, located in the Fukushima Prefecture in Japan, experienced a severe nuclear disaster on March 11, 2011, as a result of a massive earthquake and tsunami. The disaster resulted in the release of radioactive materials and fuel meltdowns in several of the plant’s reactors.

  2. Immediate Impact: The disaster forced the evacuation of residents living near the plant and had immediate health and environmental consequences. It became one of the most significant nuclear accidents in history, alongside the Chernobyl disaster.

  3. Cleanup and Decommissioning: Since the disaster, a massive and complex cleanup and decommissioning process has been underway at the Fukushima Daiichi site. The process involves removing and safely storing radioactive materials, dismantling damaged reactor buildings, and mitigating further environmental contamination.

  4. Contaminated Water: One of the ongoing challenges is the accumulation of contaminated water at the site. This water is used to cool the damaged reactors and becomes radioactive in the process. To manage this, Japan has built tanks to store the water, but they are running out of space. There have been debates and discussions about how to dispose of this water safely, which led to tensions with neighboring countries.

  5. Radiation Levels: Monitoring and reducing radiation levels in the area is a continuous effort. Efforts have been made to decontaminate affected areas and reduce radiation exposure for residents, which has allowed some people to return to their homes.

  6. Long-Term Impact: The Fukushima disaster had a profound impact on Japan’s energy policy and the global nuclear industry. It led to a reevaluation of nuclear power in Japan, with some reactors being permanently shut down, while others have undergone extensive safety upgrades and restarts.

  7. International Concern: The disaster had international implications, with neighboring countries expressing concerns about the release of radioactive materials into the ocean. Japan has faced criticism and scrutiny over its management of the situation and its plans for the disposal of contaminated water.

  8. Lessons Learned: The Fukushima disaster has prompted discussions about nuclear safety, disaster preparedness, and the importance of international cooperation in managing nuclear incidents. It serves as a reminder of the risks associated with nuclear energy and the need for robust safety measures.

The Fukushima situation remains an ongoing challenge and a topic of international interest, with Japan and the international community working together to address the long-term consequences of the nuclear disaster and ensure the safe decommissioning of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.


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Fukushima: US will Purhcase for Japanese Seafood For US Military in Japan

Reference

https://news.yahoo.co.jp/articles/023ffc6351e5dcfd3ebc4c5baffbd463ac4927b7

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