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Sovereign Rights and Territorial Space in Sino-Japanese Relations: Irredentism and the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands (ISBN-10: 0824824938)

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Indiscriminating Killing by the Japanese Government

On 4 April 2011, the Nuclear and Industry Safety Agency under the jurisdiction of Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (former MITI), began to consider pumping over 11,000-tons of radiation contaminated water into the Pacific Ocean. Both the government and bureaucrats have called the 11,000-tons radiative water as the low-level (i.e., Tepco's standard) contaminated water. It was around 15:00 o’clock. At 15:55 o’clock, the Safety Agency started its press conference regarding pumping contaminated water into the sea. At 16:00 o’clock, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs sent out a fax to every embassy in Tokyo. In three hours, Japan would begin to “indiscriminating killings” by dumping the radioactive contaminated water into the sea (Yomiuri Shimbun 9 April 2011). The fact of matter is that both the Korean and Russian governments knew the news from international media (probably my twitter which is making one of the first warnings), but not from the Japanese government. The Korean government expressed its anger by calling the Japanese government “incompetent” (Nikkei News 8 April 2011). The Chinese government also is not happy with what Japan had done (NHK News 8 April 2011). Interestingly, Secretary Edano Yukio acknowledged that Japan had informed to the White House three day before dumping contaminated water into the sea, the US acceded with actions by the Japanese government (Tokyo Shimbun 8 April 2011). 

 Source: Provided by Tepco (access date: 20 April 2011)

Two issues here: one is bureaucrat’s actions, and the other is involvement of the US. The Safety Agency, which is part of the “iron-triangle” in Japanese society, has played the crucial role in permitting the dumping of contaminated water into the sea. The other two parts of the “iron-triangle:” politician (the Japanese government) and businessmen (Tepco) pushed Tepco’s agenda -- dumping 11,000-ton radioactive contaminated water into seas. Meanwhile, in order to avoid international outcry and criticism, the Japanese politicians consulted with the US, which allowed the start of these “indiscriminating killings.” As long as the US is happy, the Japanese politicians do not care anyone else in the world. The Japanese government has less concern about its neighbors including Korea, China, and Russia, located in the Asian region. However, the Japanese government is carefully concerned about one hundred miles the US on the other side of the earth. This suggests that Japan has not grown up or become “independent” from his master – the US. All neighbor countries at the UN should be ready to sue the Japanese government in the future when people in other countries are getting sick, such leukemia, cancer, or death due to seafood from the water contaminated by Tepco because Japan has violated international law.
 Source: Provided by (access date: 20 April 2011)

Sadly, today (21 April 2011) Tepco acknowledged that the reactor two had been leaked total 520-tons high-level  (about 5,000 terabecquerels) contaminated water (the leaks were found on April 2 and were stopped on April 6) into sea, in additional 11,000-tons so-called low-level contaminated water previously (Jiji Press 21 April 2011). These 520-tons high-level radioactive water estimated radioactive substances 20,000 times more than the annual allowable limit for the plant (Japan Times 22 April 2011), and 30,000 times more than the 11,000-tons so-called low-level contaminated water (Asahi News 21 April 2011).

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