Suga, fishery head to discuss treated water

Japan's Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide will discuss ways to dispose of treated water from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant with the head of fishery cooperatives on Wednesday.

Suga revealed in a Nippon Television Network program on Tuesday that he will meet Kishi Hiroshi, the president of the National Federation of Fisheries Co-operative Associations.

Suga stressed the importance of exchanging ideas with stakeholders in the fishery industry on how to handle the water. He said the issue cannot be left undealt with.

Wastewater produced by the crippled nuclear plant is stored in tanks in the compound that are set to fill up next year.

The water is treated by the Advanced Liquid Processing System, or ALPS, to remove most of the radioactive materials, but still contains radioactive tritium.

In February last year, a government panel proposed that practical ways to dispose of the water are to discharge it into the sea or the air after diluting it to levels below regulations.

The government is considering the proposal, but local residents and some countries around Japan are raising concerns over it.

Suga and Kishi are expected to talk about disposal methods as well as measures to address unfounded rumors.

The government will take into consideration the results of the discussion in deciding the disposal method.