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Japan to release Fukushima radioactive water into sea, angering neighbors

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Japan has announced that it will start releasing more than one million tonnes of treated and diluted radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean in two years. The decision has sparked controversy and opposition from the local fishing industry, as well as neighboring countries such as China and South Korea.

The water comes from the cooling process of the damaged reactors, which suffered a meltdown after a massive earthquake and tsunami in 2011. The water is stored in tanks at the plant, but the space is running out. The Japanese government says the water will be treated to remove most radioactive elements, except for tritium, which is considered harmless in low doses. The water will also be diluted to meet international standards before being discharged.

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