The head of the national organization representing the fishing industry has strongly protested the government's decision to release treated water from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant into the sea.
The president of the National Federation of Fisheries Co-operative Associations, Kishi Hiroshi, released a statement on Tuesday.
It says it is "extremely regrettable" that the government decided on the plan even though Kishi expressed strong opposition and called for cautious decision-making when he met the prime minister last week.
The statement calls the government's decision "totally unacceptable" and says that the national federation will remain steadfastly opposed to the discharge plan.
It urges the government to explain responsibly why it chose the method, how it plans to deal with reputational damage, and what it will do to inform and assure people at home and abroad about safety.
The statement also urges the government to clarify what measures it will take to help fishers in Fukushima and across Japan remain in business without worries.