This move ignited protests within Japan and abroad, leading to commercial and diplomatic complications.
As a result, China has imposed an immediate ban on Japanese seafood imports, causing concern among Japanese fishing communities about their industry’s reputation. Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, who own the power plant, have expressed readiness to compensate for the loss experienced due to export bans. They are also working towards providing scientific explanations to China about the wastewater release in hopes of lifting the ban soon. Japan’s Prime Minister, Fumio Kishida, has requested China to lift the ban immediately, safeguarding the fishing industry from potential negative impact.
Experts endorsed the safety of the released water, stating it falls well within World Health Organization guidelines. Despite this assurance, the commencement of this controversial project, expected to last for decades, has been met with considerable skepticism.