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Japan Govt Briefs Locals on Fukushima Water Release Plan

Japan Govt Briefs Locals on Fukushima Water Release Plan

   Iwaki, Fukushima Pref., April 18 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government on Sunday held a briefing session to explain to local industries and municipalities about its decision to release treated radioactive water from the disaster-crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant into the sea.
   The briefing session was the first of its kind held after the government made the decision on Tuesday.
   Participants in the session, held in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, included officials from agriculture, forestry, fisheries and tourism industry groups and municipalities along the Pacific coast of the prefecture.
   Tetsu Nozaki, head of the Fukushima Prefectural Federation of Fisheries Cooperative Associations, voiced opposition to the water release plan, citing difficulty in winning the understanding of related officials, while many other participants expressed concern about possible reputational damage to products from Fukushima.
   Tomoaki Kobayakawa, president of Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. <9501>, the operator of the Fukushima No. 1 plant, said the company will "surely keep the promise" made in 2015 with the federation and the Japanese government that it will not implement any measure without the understanding of related officials.

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