Fukushima : Japan PM slams China over stone-throwing at embassy, schools

AFP , Monday 28 Aug 2023

Japan's prime minister hit out at Beijing on Monday over what he said were instances of stones being thrown at diplomatic missions and schools in China, following the release of wastewater from the Fukushima nuclear plant.

File - Protesters tear up a giant Japanese flag with the words Inhumane, Global Enemy during a protest against the discharge of treated Fukushima radioactive wastewater, outside the Japan general consulate in Hong Kong, on Thursday, Aug. 24, 2023. AP


"There have been numerous harassment calls believed to originate from China and instances of stones being thrown into the Japanese embassy and Japanese schools. It must be said these are regrettable," Fumio Kishida told reporters.

"We summoned the Chinese ambassador to Japan today and strongly urged him to call on Chinese people to act in a calm and responsible manner," Kishida added.

"Even after the ocean release, the United States, for example, expressed its position that it is satisfied with Japan's safe, highly transparent and scientifically justified process. We would like to convey these voices from the international community to the Chinese government."

Japan has begun releasing more than 500 Olympic swimming pools' worth of treated wastewater from Fukushima into the Pacific, 12 years after a tsunami knocked out three reactors in one of the world's worst atomic accidents.

China in response banned all seafood imports from its neighbour.

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