Experts from Japan, China discuss Fukushima Daiichi treated water release

The Japanese Foreign Ministry says experts from Japan and China have held talks in China regarding the release of treated and diluted water into the sea from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

The ministry says the meeting was held in northeastern China's Dalian on Saturday. Japanese government officials, representatives from Tokyo Electric Power Company, which operates the plant, and representatives from a number of Chinese research institutes took part.

The meeting was held in response to an agreement reached at a Japan-China summit last November.
The leaders of the two countries agreed that they would find ways to resolve the issue through negotiation and dialogue.

This is the first time that the ministry has released information on the talks.

Sources say the participants exchanged opinions from technical points of view.

They say the Japanese participants provided explanations based on scientific evidence. The Japanese side reportedly described the system that is being used to monitor the release of the treated and diluted water. The sources say the Japanese participants also explained that they are committed to ensuring that the work is being done safely and with transparency.

In order to monitor the safety of the operation, the International Atomic Energy Agency has been conducting its own sampling survey in Fukushima since the plant's operator started releasing the water into the Pacific in August of last year.

The Japanese government plans to continue to hold bilateral talks of this kind. The government also intends to keep calling on China to lift the suspension that it imposed on seafood imports from Japan.