The Strategist

Japan allocates $140M to support fishermen after Fukushima water discharge

09/05/2023 - 03:30

Increased local demand, sustainable seafood production, reputational costs mitigation, and assistance in locating new international markets are just a few of the support initiatives that will be implemented.

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The Japanese government will set aside 20.7 billion yen (more than $140 million) to aid the fishing sector, which is suffering losses as a result of the ban some nations, particularly China, have placed on the imports of Japanese seafood since the start of the Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant's ocean water discharge, said Fumio Kishida, the prime minister of Japan.

"We've chosen to set aside an extra 20.7 billion yen. We'll defend fishing industry businesses," the Japanese PM added. He declared that both the government and TEPCO, which operates the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power facility, would fully abide by their pledges.

Among the support measures will be initiatives to increase domestic consumption, guarantee sustainable seafood production, reduce reputational risks, and offer assistance in locating new international markets.

The first batch of water from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was released into the ocean by TEPCO on August 24. TEPCO declared two days later that tritium had not been discovered in water tests taken from 10 different locations within a 3-kilometer radius of the discharge site. No tritium was detected in fish captured within a 5-kilometer radius of the discharge site, according to the Japan Fisheries Administration.

Other countries, most notably China, disapproved of Tokyo's choice. The People's Republic of China's General Administration of Customs stopped importing fish from Japan on August 24.