SEOUL, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) — Thousands of South Korean individuals together with fishermen, activists and politicians continued a weekend rally in central Seoul on Saturday to protest in opposition to Japan’s dumping of nuclear-contaminated wastewater into the ocean.
The members shouted slogans of “Immediately stop the marine dumping of radioactive wastewater” and “Prohibit import of all Japanese aquatic products,” urging the South Korean authorities to file a lawsuit with the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in opposition to the Japanese authorities.
According to the Research View survey of 1,000 adults for 2 days via Aug. 30, 72.4 % stated they opposed Japan’s marine dumping of the radioactive wastewater.
A complete of 78.3 % of respondents stated South Korea ought to ban all seafood imports from Japan, and 67.4 % replied that South Koreans ought to boycott Japanese merchandise.
“Fukushima nuclear-contaminated wastewater has the nature of trash,” Lee Seo-yoon, a mom of three kids, stated through the rally, including that Japan regards the ocean as the most important and the most affordable trash bag.
Lee confused that it might be absurd to hope that nobody can be harmed after dumping the trash into the ocean, urging Tokyo to retailer the radioactive wastewater on its soil quite than dumping it within the sea.
“The ocean is the future of my family and the future of our descendants,” stated Kim Sam-ho, a fisherman who got here from the nation’s southern coastal Wando County.
Kim raised his robust doubts in regards to the security of the radioactive wastewater, calling for the South Korean authorities to take crucial actions together with supporting measures for fishermen.
“The major purpose of nuclear safety is to block radiation from reaching the environment and people,” stated Han Byung-sub, a nuclear skilled who had labored on the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) and the Korea Electric Power Corp. Engineering & Construction (KEPCO E&C).
Han famous that the right measurement of radiation from Fukushima, involving groundwater flowing out and in of the destroyed reactor, was not carried out, urging the South Korean authorities to correctly measure the radiation in waters off the nation any more.
Following the one-and-a-half-hour rally, the protesters marched about 5 km in downtown Seoul to the presidential workplace.
Struck by a large earthquake and an ensuing tsunami in March 2011, the Fukushima nuclear energy plant suffered core meltdowns and generated a large quantity of water tainted with radioactive substances from cooling down the nuclear gas.
Japan began releasing the primary batch of radioactive wastewater from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear energy plant into the Pacific Ocean on Aug. 24.