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Commentary: Japanese gov't has to shoulder responsibilities over toxic water leakage in Fukushima

English.news.cn   2013-08-23 13:28:29            

by Liu Tian, Zhang Cheng

TOKYO, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) -- As about 300 tons of highly toxic water leaked from containers in the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and probably flowed into the Pacific Ocean, it is the time for the Japanese government to shoulder more responsibilities to address the global concerns.

The leakage, along with other thorny troubles cropped up in a row since the nuclear complex crippled due to a disastrous tsunami in March 2011, was in parallel with TEPCO's efforts to deal with the disaster and showed the company's inability to tackle the issue, suggesting that the country has no comprehensive plan to properly resolve the environment disaster.

Furthermore, it is disappointed that things may go further beyond what it looks like now. Japanese media questioned that such leakage even probably started since the beginning of Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident, the world's worst such disaster after Chernobyl catastrophe in 1986.

Studies showed that radioactive substances have spread into high sea from the crippled nuclear plant, proving that the tragedy has no longer a national problem, but a serious international environmental issue that needs stronger efforts to deal with.

Therefore, rather than putting the whole burden on TEPCO, it urges the Japanese government to assume more responsibilities to seek a clear and operable solution to the issue by playing a bigger, or dominant role and working closely with international organizations in the process.

A priority for the Japanese government to relieve the global anxiety is to make the accident relevant information more transparent to the international community so as to precisely assess the graveness of the entire accident and its aftermath.

It is hoped that the Japanese government would not keep the information for its own political interests as the issue concerns not only the core interests of the Japanese people, but also people who share the planet.

Earlier, upper house lawmaker Taro Yamamoto questioned that TEPCO's first admission of toxic water leak was only a day after the ruling Liberal Democratic Party's victory in the upper house election, calling the announcement a result of manipulation.

For its own sake, the Japanese government should provide a long- term and comprehensive remedy as soon as possible to resolve the environmental disaster as makeshifts such as installing toxic water containers have no antidote to current emergencies.

It also called for international organizations like the International Atomic Energy Agency to enhance their inspections over the issue and provide more suggestions to help the country in resolving the problem, which is a duty of all human beings.

Editor: Fu Peng
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