20 Juillet 2017
July 20, 2017
TEPCO chairman incurs fishermen's anger
The chairman of Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, has denied a media claim that the firm has decided to release radioactive water at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant into the ocean.
The utility has been struggling with the huge amount of radioactive water that has been accumulating at the plant after the 2011 nuclear accident. The water contains radioactive tritium.
Some media outlets have reported that TEPCO Chairman Takashi Kawamura said the company has already decided to release the contaminated water into the sea after reducing the concentration of tritium below the government limit.
The head of Japan's fishermen federation, Hiroshi Kishi, met Kawamura on Wednesday and protested his reported remark, saying it was extremely regrettable.
Kishi strongly urged Kawamura not to discharge radioactive water into the sea without the consent of fishermen and the public.
Kawamura said the company has not decided to release tritium-contaminated water into the ocean.
Kawamura said media mistook the intention behind his remark. But he apologized for causing worry and inconvenience to fishermen.