International Atomic Energy Agency
Resolving the Nuclear Wastewater Disposal Issue in East Asia
Ten years after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, in April of 2021, the Japanese government decided on a plan to dispose of more than one million tons of contaminated water used to cool the nuclear reactors into the Pacific Ocean. This unilateral plan immediately ignites backlash from the international community. Neighboring countries and environmentalist groups strongly oppose the state’s decision, expressing concerns of potential health and environmental risks, while Japan and her allies insist on the self-proclaimed safety of the diluted radioactive wastewater. Through the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), a universal solution will be sought by the international community in order to settle this transnational issue.