HOME > NATION > Article

Text Size

small

medium

large


Fukushima Fisherman Shocked by Ocean Release Decision

Fukushima Fisherman Shocked by Ocean Release Decision

   Shinchi, Fukushima Pref., April 13 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government's decision Tuesday to release treated radioactive water from the disaster-stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power station into the ocean sent shock waves across local fishing communities battling with radiation-related reputational damage.
   Haruo Ono, a fisherman from the town of Shinchi, Fukushima Prefecture, has spent the past 10 years playing an active role in efforts toward resuming full-scale fishing operations after the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident devastated the fishing industry in Fukushima and other parts of northeastern Japan.
   "That's all our efforts over the past 10 years down the drain," said Ono, clearly disappointed with the government's decision to release into the ocean treated water that contains tritium, a radioactive substance, from Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.'s <9501> nuclear plant on a Pacific coastal area in Fukushima.
   "We'll have to suffer again," he said. "I wonder what was all that effort for?"
   Ono, 69, first went out fishing at the age of 15. Before the March 2011 disaster, Ono would go fishing six days a week to catch various seasonal fish, such as flounder, icefish and sea perch.

To read a full story, please click here to find out how to subscribe.

NATION

Aomori Tourism Information

HEADLINES

POLITICS
Okinawa Gov. Tamaki Aporolizes for Having Home BBQ Parties amid Quasi-Emergency
ECONOMY
JAL Posts Net Loss of 286.6 B. Yen for FY 2020, 1st Red Ink since Relisting
SPORTS
Sumo: Yokozuna Hakuho to Miss 6th Straight Grand Tourney
OTHER
Tokyo Sees 907 New Coronavirus Cases

AFP-JIJI PRESS NEWS JOURNAL


Photos