NHK has learned that the Japanese government is ready to announce, as early as Tuesday, that it plans to release treated water from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant into the ocean.
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.
Sources say the government wants to dilute the element to acceptable levels far below national regulations. Then, in about two years, it would begin releasing that water into the ocean.
The country's fishery industry has been strongly against the idea.
The industry minister says the government will work to address their concerns and bring in the International Atomic Energy Agency and other partners.
Japanese Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Kajiyama Hiroshi said on Friday, "We will seek the cooperation of global organizations such as the IAEA and local governments, to thoroughly check the plan's safety and maintain transparency."
China and South Korea have also voiced concerns about releasing the water into the sea.
In our news on Friday April 9th, we reported on the Japanese government's plan to announce the release of the water from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant into the ocean.
We may have given the wrong impression that radioactive water would be released into the ocean without being treated to remove most radioactive substances. We are referring to "treated water" to specify that the water to be released into the ocean will be treated and diluted beforehand.