Minister says they will support fisheries

Japan's fisheries minister has stressed the importance of measures against what he calls baseless rumors related to the disposal of treated water at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Nogami Kotaro said on Friday that people in the fisheries industry are facing hardships in their reconstruction efforts after the 2011 nuclear accident. He said that it is obvious that they are concerned about the possible effects of releasing the treated water into the sea.

Nogami said that the disposal of it could generate baseless rumors regardless of the methods used. He said it is necessary to support the fisheries industry in stages including production, distribution and consumption.

Regarding exports of marine products, Nogami said he will work with relevant ministries to explain about the disposal to importers so that unscientific restrictions would not affect products from Fukushima prefecture.