Now that they’ve established that they will do whatever it takes to solve the crisis at Fukushima, it is now time for the Japanese government to take concrete actions. At a ministerial meeting on Tuesday to be headed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, they will be presenting the set of emergency measures to deal with the problem of the radioactive water at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
One of the steps that might be considered to prevent further accumulation of the contaminated water is to discharging some of the water, that below the regulatory threshold, into the Pacific Ocean. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said they are presenting “comprehensive countermeasures” to deal with the crisis and may also include steps that will need to use the finances from the state budget. Tadamori Oshima, head of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party‘s task force on post-disaster reconstruction, said that within this week, they will be discussing where the funding for the clean-up at the crippled plant will come from. The government has stepped in due to the ineffectivity of plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) to deal, monitor and counter the leaking of the highly-contaminated water into the soil and the ocean.
Suga said they will be holding another ministerial panel that will focus on the issue that has brought international attention once again to Fukushima, as the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) last month raised the warning level from 1 to 3, which is a “serious condition”. This is because of recent revelations by TEPCO that 300 tons of toxic water leaked from one of the storage tanks and that it has probably been happening the past few months, bringing to light how ineffective TEPCO has been in monitoring the status of the plant.