MANILA, Philippines – Nagpasalamat ang top diplomat ng Japan sa pamahalaan ng Pilipinas sa pang-unawa sa pagpapakawala nila ng treated nuclear water patungo sa Pacific Ocean mula sa isang science at fact-based perspective.
“We are grateful for the majority of the international community, including the Philippines, that shows their understanding of the mentioned discharge, based on facts and science. This is a crucial step for Japan towards recovery from the catastrophe,” pahayag ni Ambassador Kazuhiko Koshikawa.
Ayon sa Department of Foreign Affairs, kinikilala nila ang technical expertise ng International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) sa naturang usapin.
Ang radioactivity levels mula sa Fukushima nuclear plant, na isinara noong 2011 matapos masira ng tsunami, ay mababa sa safe levels.
Sa pahayag ng DFA nitong Huwebes, Agosto 24, sinabi nito na:
“The Philippines continues to look at this issue from a science- and fact-based perspective and on the waters in the region.”
“As a coastal and archipelagic state, the Philippines attaches utmost priority to the protection and preservation of the marine environment.”
Matatandaang binatikos ng China ang pagpapakawala ng Japan sa radioactive water at nagsabing haharangin nito ang lahat ng seafood imports mula sa nasabing bansa.
“The Pacific Ocean is not a ‘sewer’ for Japan’s releasing of contaminated water from the Fukushima nuclear accident,” ayon kay Chinese Embassy Director Wu Chenqi.
“This act blatantly transfers the risk of nuclear pollution to neighboring countries including China and the international community and puts self-interest above the long-tern well-being of people in the region and the world.”
Sinalag naman ito ni Koshikawa at inakusahan ang Chinese nuclear power plants ng “a significantly higher amount of tritium into the ocean compared to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.”
“We also would like to remind you that China once said ‘the study of origins is a scientific matter’ and ‘should not be politicized’ in response to criticism of the World Health Organization-China joint study of the origins of COVID-19,” sinabi pa ng Japanese envoy. RNT/JGC