Minister to counter baseless treated water rumors

Japan's industry minister says he will lead the efforts to counter baseless rumors about the disposal of treated water from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

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

It's treated by the Advanced Liquid Processing System, or ALPS, to remove most of the radioactive materials, but still contains radioactive tritium.

Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Kajiyama Hiroshi said on Friday that explanations based on science are needed, as well as objective and transparent information disclosure.

Kajiyama said the International Atomic Energy Agency has agreed to objectively confirm the safety of the treated water disposal process. He said the IAEA will disclose this information in a transparent manner in Japan and the rest of the world.

Kajiyama stressed that these measures will help to suppress any baseless rumors about the water.