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What is the legacy of Japan’s Fukushima disaster?

Japanese media report the government is planning to release contaminated water into the Pacific.

It has been nearly 10 years since the Fukushima nuclear disaster and Japan is still struggling to manage its consequences.

One of the most serious challenges involves some 1.2 million tonnes of contaminated water that is still being stored near the site.

This week, Japanese media reported the government is considering releasing that water into the Pacific Ocean – something that has prompted complaints from Japanese fishermen and neighbouring governments.

So, what is the Japanese government’s next move?

Presenter: Imran Khan


Jan Haverkamp – senior expert on nuclear energy and energy policy in Greenpeace

Tomohiko Taniguchi – a former special adviser to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Michael Penn – president of Shingetsu News Agency