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‘If it’s safe, dump it in Tokyo’ – Pacific Islanders don’t want Fukushima waste water

Guardian 26th April 2021, If it’s safe, dump it in Tokyo. We in the Pacific don’t want Japan’s
nuclear wastewater. To Pacific peoples, who have carried the
disproportionate human cost of nuclearism in our region, this is yet
another act of catastrophic and irreversible trans-boundary harm that our
region has not consented to.

While Japan’s plan is for the water to be
diluted first and discharged over the course of about 30 years, and the
Japanese government has tried its hardest to convince the wider public of
the treated water’s safety through the use of green mascots and backing
from American scientists, Pacific peoples are once again calling it for
what it is: an unjust act.

“We need to remind Japan and other nuclear
states of our Nuclear Free and Independent Pacific movement slogan: if it
is safe, dump it in Tokyo, test it in Paris, and store it in Washington,
but keep our Pacific nuclear-free,” said Motarilavoa Hilda Lini, Vanuatu
stateswoman and veteran activist of the Nuclear Free and Independent
Pacific (NFIP) movement, after Japan’s announcement. “We are people of
the ocean, we must stand up and protect it.”


April 27, 2021 - Posted by | OCEANIA, oceans


  1. What is your suggestion that is better than diluting the waste in the ocean?

    Comment by The Paltry Sum | May 3, 2021 | Reply

    • Paltry Sum – that, as you well know, was not my opinion, but the expression of the frustrations of the Pacific Islanders. They’ve copped the brunt of nuclear weapons test, combined now with rising sea levels. They see their area as again being exploited by the nuclear industry.

      Comment by Christina MacPherson | May 3, 2021 | Reply

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