April 14th – The Japanese government officially decided on the 13th to discharge water from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant of Tokyo Electric Power into the sea, which aroused strong opposition from many parties. However, the United States actually claimed that Japan was “open and transparent”.
However, behind the United States’ “support” with Japan, some Japanese food is still prohibited from entering the country. While supporting and prohibiting, the United States is really a “well-known double standard”.
Behind the support, the United States bans Japanese food imports
U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price said that in response to the Japanese government’s decision to release water from the Tokyo Electric Power Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant into the sea, the United States believes that Japan’s measures “seems to meet globally recognized nuclear safety standards”.
However, a series of Japanese food products are still banned from entering the United States in the 99-33 import warning revised by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in March. FDA stressed: “The FDA has strengthened its supervision of Japan’s controlled products due to public health problems related to radiation and nuclear pollution.”
The FDA also said that due to “radionuclide pollution”, the relevant departments should detain Japanese products without inspection.
According to the FDA announcement, the Japanese food involved includes: milk, dry dairy products; marine biological products such as fish, sea urchins, clams; meat, meat products and poultry; vegetables, mushrooms, kiwi fruits, etc., involving Aomori, Fukushima, Ibaraki Prefecture, Iwate, Niigata and other places.
“Thanks” Japan, the United States has its own criminal record
After the Japanese government announced the decision to discharge nuclear sewage into the sea, U.S. Secretary of State Blincoln actually “thanked” Japan on social networking sites for its “open and transparent” efforts in deciding on the treatment plan.
Analysts point out that one of the reasons why the United States openly supports Japan is the consideration of the US-Japan alliance. Experts say this is a bad geopolitical performance, sending the wrong signal that “political and public opinion means can cleanse all bad things”.
On the other hand, some analysts believe that Western countries’ tolerance for Japan to discharge nuclear wastewater into the sea is not unrelated to their own “ex-ex-crow” of the last century.
Before the entry into force of the international treaty banning the dumping of nuclear waste into the oceans in 1994, the United States, the United Kingdom and others had been using the oceans as garbage dumps and dumped large quantities of solid and liquid nuclear waste, causing irreparable harm to the marine environment.
According to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) data, from 1946 to 1993, 13 countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Switzerland, dumped more than 200,000 tons of solid nuclear waste into the sea, including the United States alone into the North Atlantic and the Pacific Ocean. 190,000 cubic meters of radioactive material is less.