China challenges Japanese authorities to drink Fukushima wastewater

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Visit of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant


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China is stepping up pressure on Japan’s plan to dump treated water from the destroyed Fukushima nuclear power plant into the ocean, calling on government officials to drink the liquid to prove its safety.

“Japanese politicians have said that treated sewage is ‘innocent’, why don’t they drink, cook and wash clothes with water first? Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said on Twitter on Thursday. When Asked about the comments on Friday, Japan’s Finance Minister Taro Aso bypassed questions and said water contamination levels in Fukushima were below international guidelines.

Tokyo’s plan to discharge sewage into the Pacific Ocean announced on Tuesday has been severely criticized by China, Taiwan, South Korea and North Korea.

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