Brexit and free trade: Britain’s door opener (neue-deutschland.de)

The global trend towards bilateral agreements is continuing with great speed. Great Britain and Japan have now agreed on a free trade agreement that will apply after the current Brexit transition phase has expired. The EU had already made such a deal with Japan in 2019. This year, EU agreements with both Mexico and Vietnam followed. The contract with the South American Mercosur states, which is still a problem, is already ready to be signed.

The countries of the world already have over 300 bilateral trade agreements. The most important reason for the trend: Since the height of globalization, the World Trade Organization, which aimed at multinational contracts and a level playing field without customs barriers, has lost its importance. More and more states are reacting to the economic and social upheavals that followed free world trade with protectionism, isolating themselves more and more. The US trade conflict with China is only the tip of the iceberg.

Brexit is accelerating the trend: The agreement with Japan is only the first deal that Britain wants to conclude with a large economy. Trade talks with the US, Australia and New Zealand are ongoing. And above all, the big agreement with the EU is still pending. For Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the Japan deal is likely to be one thing above all – a door opener in further negotiations.

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What Germany can learn from other countries

Athens, Beijing, Salvador, Bangkok, Tokyo Support for the Federal Government’s measures against the coronavirus is high, and Chancellor Angela Merkel’s popularity is undisputed. Also because the Germans like themselves in the role of Corona world champions, who have so far got the pandemic under control better than anyone else.

However, this picture is only partially correct. A number of countries have at least coped with certain aspects of the pandemic better than Germany. The Handelsblatt correspondents give an overview.

The number of new corona infections is also currently rising in Greece, albeit from a relatively low level: So far, 27,300 people have been infected in the country with its 10.7 million inhabitants. 534 patients have died of Covid-19. The deaths amount to 50 per million inhabitants. That is less than half of the 119 deaths per million inhabitants in Germany.

Greece mastered the first wave in spring better than most other European countries. Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis listened to the experts and had contact restrictions introduced at an early stage, until the extensive lockdown on March 22nd. In terms of measures, Greece was about two weeks ahead of the other EU countries, although it had very few cases at the time.

During the pandemic, the Greeks showed a quality that is rarely trusted in the rest of Europe: discipline. The horror of overcrowded hospitals and mortuaries from neighboring Italy also contributed to this. Because the overwhelming majority of the population followed the restrictions and compliance was closely monitored by the police, the curve of nine infections flattened again at the beginning of April.

But it has been rising steeply again since August. A record was set on Wednesday with 865 reported cases. It seems that younger Greeks in particular have become more careless in recent weeks. Probably because of the good crisis management in spring, vigilance decreased in summer.

After the government issued uniform restrictions across the country in the spring, in the second wave it relies on regional and local measures as well as intensive follow-up of the new cases in order to identify and isolate sources of infection. This also serves to ensure that particularly vulnerable population groups are tested, such as migrants, nursing home workers and hospital staff. Gerd Höhler

China: nationwide tests

Coronatest in Peking

China has massively expanded its test capacities in recent months.

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Getting tested for Corona has been an easy undertaking in China for several months. If you need a negative test, just go to the nearest hospital. In Beijing, for example, four containers are set up side by side in a large state hospital.

At the first window you give your personal data, show your passport and give the telephone number. You pay at the second window, at the third you get a number that you give to the employee at the fourth window. Open your mouth, put the chopsticks in, done. Without an appointment, without waiting. The result can be picked up the next day.

In the past few months, China has expanded its test capacities more massively than almost any other country. According to the Chinese National Health Commission and the Ministry of Industry, the number of testing institutes increased from 2081 in early March to 4804 in June. The technical staff involved in the tests increased from 13,900 in early March to 38,000 at the end of July. While 1.26 million people per day could be tested at the beginning of March, according to government figures it was 4.84 million at the end of July.

The mass tests that are carried out on new local outbreaks are also very comprehensive. Just last week, the local government in the east Chinese port city of Qingdao said it had tested more than ten million people within a few days because a few new cases had been reported.

There had previously been mass tests of this type in several other cities. To this end, the authorities usually set up thousands of temporary test stands throughout the city within a very short time. The samples are then not all tested individually, but rather pooled in groups of five or ten. Only when this test comes back positive will the group members be tested again individually to find the infected person.

Dana Heide

Uruguay: exemplary crisis management

Man with an original mask in Montevideo

With its exemplary global crisis management, Uruguay has the lowest infections and deaths in Latin America today, although the neighboring countries Argentina and Brazil are badly affected by the pandemic.

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When the first corona infected person appeared in Uruguay on March 13 of this year, the authorities were armed: In January, the Universidad de la República in Montevideo had already started to develop its own diagnostics together with the local Pasteur Institute. Personal connections to Chinese researchers and to Europe made this possible.

When the virus came, Uruguay was ready. For the country, about half the size of Germany and with the population of Berlin, that was the salvation: Uruguay has open borders with all neighboring countries that can hardly be controlled.

President Luis Alberto Lacalle Pou’s government had been in office for just two weeks, but it was quick to react: it encouraged people to stay at home – on a voluntary basis. She also immediately started with mass tests and presented an app that Uruguayans can use to obtain information and contact authorities. The fourth version is now on the market, in which Google and Apple also contributed.

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With its exemplary global crisis management, Uruguay has the lowest infections and deaths in Latin America today, although the neighboring countries Argentina and Brazil are badly affected by the pandemic. With 2,560 infected and 51 dead, the country has a Covid death rate of 1.5 deaths per 100,000 residents, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Uruguay is particularly successful in the school system. All schools were closed for just one month from March. But as early as April, the school authorities began to gradually reopen them. First the one in the country, then the one in Montevideo. All students were present again on June 29th, around three months after the start of the pandemic – while in neighboring countries there are still no face-to-face classes.

Right from the start, pupils and teachers were connected to one another via the central education platform CREA, which was soon supplemented by efficient video conference software. Around 100,000 PCs and laptops were distributed to those in need. The telecom companies allowed data to be transferred from the platform free of charge.

Alexander Busch

Thailand: masks open and borders closed

Buddhist monks in Bangkok

Even without government coercion, the vast majority of Thai people wear mouth and nose protection.

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It didn’t look anything but good for Thailand at first: On January 13, the authorities reported the first coronavirus case in the country. For the first time, the new disease was detected outside of China.

In view of the around one million Chinese tourists who came to Thailand every month at the time, there was great concern that the holiday country would become the next hotspot. The opposite has happened: a total of 3700 Covid-19 cases have been reported in Thailand so far – within nine months, less than a third as many as in Germany on Thursday alone.

In retrospect, it can be said that the country has done a lot right – especially its population and the private sector. Already at the beginning of the year hardly anyone took to the streets without a face mask in the capital Bangkok. This happened without government coercion, but with the support of companies: supermarket chains and shopping centers only allowed mask wearers into the shops.

While the behavior of the population has apparently prevented the first widespread wave of contagion, the government closed the border to a large extent to ensure that there was no new outbreak. Since the end of March, only Thai citizens and a few foreigners have been allowed to enter – and have to be in monitored quarantine for 14 days after arrival.

The collapse of the tourism industry is the high price Thailand is paying for pandemic response. But the positive sides are also obvious: only 59 dead, hardly any sick – and the country does not have to fear a new lockdown.

Operation in schools, factories, bars and restaurants has returned to everyday life. The willingness to wear a mask remains high. According to pollster YouGov, more than 80 percent of Thais still go outside with mouth and nose protection – almost 20 percentage points more than in Germany. Mathias Peer

Japan: land in the hygiene of society as a whole

Woman with mask at Godzilla statue in Tokyo

The authorities and companies often made hand disinfectants available even before the crisis. Wearing masks is also part of everyday life for the Japanese.

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In quarantine, Japan may be a liberal runaway in Asia. Those who enter and have to be quarantined can still go shopping themselves. In return, the country shines in terms of overall social hygiene: Almost all Japanese voluntarily wear masks and often disinfect their hands.

For the Japanese, the step towards covering their faces was natural. Even before the pandemic, the Japanese put on masks, either to protect others from colds or to protect themselves from pollen in the event of allergies. In 2018, the population of 126 million used 5.5 billion disposable masks.

In addition, authorities and companies often made hand disinfectants available before the crisis. Because protection against infectious diseases has long been high on the priority list of the authorities in the country’s densely populated megacities. The system was coupled with a traditional test system that focused on tracing clusters.


This hygiene and the voluntary compliance with official requests for social distancing by companies and private individuals have so far been sufficient to stabilize several smaller virus waves again – even without the use of high-tech as in the equally democratic South Korea or Taiwan, which is via access to health or mobile Position data could encroach on the privacy of patients and contact persons.

There was no controversial discussion either in Japan or in the other two East Asian democracies. Barbara Zollmann, the head of the German Chamber of Commerce Abroad, gives the cross-border reason: “Measures that are seen as restrictions in Germany are perceived as security here.” Because people were concerned about their own health as well as about growth and jobs.

And those who deviate from this mass, especially in Japan, bring social pressure back into the limb. In Japan, official orders to close department stores were not legally binding, even during the emergency. But companies often responded before the state officially asked for it. Martin Koelling

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Britain and Japan sign free trade agreements

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The British Minister for International Trade, Liz Truss and Japan’s Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi signed the treaty in Tokyo on Friday.

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Such Japan and Great Britain have agreed on a bilateral free trade agreement that will apply after the current Brexit transition phase has expired. Japan’s Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and the British Minister for International Trade, Liz Truss, signed an agreement to this effect in Tokyo on Friday.

In doing so, they paved the way for the agreement to come into force on January 1st. Both states want to ensure continuity in trade and investment after London leaves the European Union. The agreement, which largely corresponds to Japan’s existing free trade agreement with the EU, must first be ratified by the parliaments of both countries.

Japan, the third largest economy in the world before Germany, had negotiated such an agreement with Great Britain, since the free trade agreement between Japan and the EU did not cover the UK after the end of the Brexit transition phase on December 31.

The bilateral agreement provides for tariffs on Japanese cars to be gradually reduced to zero by 2026 – this is also what the existing trade agreement between Japan and the EU provides. Japanese tariffs on British agricultural products will also remain at the same level as laid down in the trade agreement between Japan and the EU.

Japanese companies welcome the agreement, but at the same time they are concerned about whether London will really get an agreement with the EU after the end of the transition phase.

The British voters had voted in 2016 with a narrow majority to leave the EU. Great Britain then left the EU at the end of January 2020, but is still a member of the EU internal market and the customs union during a transition period until the end of the year. Only then does the economic break come. Talks are currently underway again about a Brexit trade agreement with the EU in order to avoid a hard break with tariffs and trade barriers at the turn of the year.

“It is of the utmost importance that the supply chains between the UK and the European Union remain intact even after the UK leaves the European Union,” said Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi. Japan has high hopes that an agreement will soon be reached in the negotiations between London and Brussels on a Brexit trade agreement.

The deal with Japan is the first deal that London has made with a major economy after the end of the Brexit transition period. In addition to the negotiations on a Brexit agreement with the EU, London’s trade talks with the USA, Australia and New Zealand are still ongoing. The trade agreement between Japan and the EU entered into force in 2019.

More: Johnson ends the forced break in trade talks with the EU

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Consequences of the pandemic: DOSB boss Hörmann believes in Tokyo 2021, but …

Sport Consequences of the pandemic

DOSB boss Hörmann believes in Tokyo 2021, but …

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“Then you won’t recognize Sport-Germany”

On the day of the planned opening ceremony in Tokyo, DOSB President Alfons Hörmann spoke in an exclusive interview about the effects of the corona pandemic on German sport and looks at the postponed hosting of the Olympic Games in the coming year.

International sport has cautiously picked up speed again. A little bit anyway. While some national and international competitions take place subject to conditions in the pandemic, others are canceled. The anxious look goes to Tokyo. To the Olympic Games in 2021.

Dhe athletes currently have no other choice: They have to try to ignore whether and, if so, how the Olympic Games will take place in Tokyo in 2021. “I assume that the games will take place,” says canoe Olympic champion Sebastian Brendel. “There is no other way to approach the matter, otherwise I would not be able to go through with it.”

DOSB President Alfons Hörmann believes that the Olympic Games will be held in Tokyo, but considers an exclusion of spectators from other countries to be conceivable. The head of the German Olympic Sports Confederation said in an interview with the “Stuttgarter Zeitung” and the “Stuttgarter Nachrichten” that the athletes, the helpers and journalists can be brought safely to Japan with quarantine measures.

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“The demand for tickets on site is so great that it will be possible without any problems to fill the stadiums at short notice as the pandemic allows. The price we have to pay is that there may not be any international viewers, ”said Hörmann.

Due to the corona pandemic, the games planned for this year in Japan’s capital had been canceled and postponed until next summer. “I’m confident – despite all the question marks,” said Hörmann. “Incidentally, this also applies to Beijing 2022, there is only half a year in between.”

Taskforce is developing various scenarios

The International Olympic Committee recently emphasized its intention to have spectators from all over the world in Japan from July 23rd to August 8th. “We are working on the basis that international spectators will also be there,” said IOC President Thomas Bach after the IOC executive meeting almost two weeks ago. In view of the corona pandemic, however, it is not yet possible to assess whether the sports facilities can be fully utilized.

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One does not want to be put under pressure when working out the measures to protect against the pandemic. “Nobody can expect us to already know exactly what to do in ten months to ensure safe environments for everyone,” said Bach. A task force is to develop various scenarios for a possible event of the summer games.

The right decisions will be made at an appropriate time in order to create trust among the athletes as well as the Japanese population, Bach continued. IOC Vice President John Coates recently stated that the games would definitely be played, even if the pandemic was not over yet.

Test of patience for Sebastian Brendel and Jan Hojer

The postponement of the Olympic Games presents the German athletes with numerous challenges. Canoeing Olympic champion Sebastian Brendel and sport climber Jan Hojer are still looking forward to the Games in Tokyo.

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Polar Silk Road: This is China’s plan for conquering the Arctic

China’s northernmost port is in Dalian. From there it is 5700 kilometers to the North Pole. That’s 1,600 kilometers more than from Berlin to the northernmost point on the planet – as the crow flies, mind you. If a ship actually fights its way from Dalian around Japan and Kamschatka, through the Bering Strait and the East Siberian Sea towards the North Pole, it has to cover more than 10,000 kilometers.

From Berlin over the Spree it would be half the way. Nevertheless, the People’s Republic describes itself as an “almost Arctic state” and a “polar superpower”. China is undoubtedly no Arctic bordering on. However, Beijing is promoting a Sino-Russian Arctic connection that is making China a polar player.

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Corona remains on the skin five times longer than the flu

Tokyo: A study conducted by Japanese researchers revealed that the emerging corona virus can remain for nine hours on human skin, in a discovery that highlights the need to wash hands frequently to combat the Covid-19 epidemic.

According to the study, published this month in the Journal of Clinical Infectious Diseases, the germ that causes influenza can survive on human skin for about 1.8 hours compared to the long duration of the Covid-19 virus.

She stated that “the survival of SARS-Cove-2 for nine hours on human skin may increase the risks of contact transmission compared to influenza virus, which speeds up the pandemic.”

The research team tested skin samples collected from autopsy samples about a day after death.

Both the Corona virus and the influenza virus are inactivated within 15 seconds by using ethanol used in hand sanitizers.

The study said, “The survival of SARS-Cove-2 on the skin for a longer period increases the risk of transmission, however hand hygiene can reduce this risk.”

The study supports the World Health Organization’s directives to wash hands regularly and comprehensively to limit the transmission of the virus, which has infected nearly 40 million people and killed more than a million people around the world since its first appearance in China late last year.

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Man confuses baby bear with dog – mother bear attacks him

The Japanese was lucky: when he tried to stroke a cute dog in a park, he was attacked from behind by a mother bear. Except for torn clothes, however, the man was unharmed.

A Japanese mistook a baby bear for a dog – and promptly received a lesson from the mother bear. As the Japanese daily “Yomiuri Shimbun” reported on Monday, the man had visited the Ichishima Tei park in Niigata Prefecture when he noticed a supposedly cute dog near the main entrance. When he wanted to stroke him, the unsuspecting stroller was suddenly attacked from behind by the mother bear.

Fortunately, the bear read off the man. Except for torn clothes, he was unharmed, it was said. The rest of the dozen or so tourists and park staff went to safety. The park should now remain closed until the end of the month.

Nine bear attacks on humans since April

There is currently a bear alarm in Niigata after a 73-year-old woman was attacked and fatally injured in the head by a bear while working on her farm. Since April, nine people in Niigata have been attacked by black collar bears.

According to experts, one reason the bears are approaching human settlements more often before their upcoming hibernation is that they cannot find enough beechnuts in the mountain forests. In addition, more and more areas are orphaned due to the aging of the population.

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Japan and Germany should cooperate more

Masaki Sakuyama

“Japan and Germany are responsible for leading the digital transformation and creating a better society.”

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Such The Asia-Pacific Conference of German Business (APK) in Japan was actually supposed to set an example. For years, politicians and company representatives have been invoking closer cooperation between the two export nations in order to stand up to rivals from the American IT industry and China in the digitization of the economy. The corona crisis thwarted the symbolism. The important conference will take place this Monday, half in Berlin, half online.

But the idea of ​​an alliance is more topical than ever. The representative of the Japanese economy at the APK warns in advance in an interview with the Handelsblatt that the two countries are wasting their potential. Masaki Sakuyama, chairman of the board of directors of the technology group Mitsubishi Electric, is the vice-chairman of the European-Japanese business round table, which is critical of the free trade area between the European Union and Japan. “Japan and Germany have a responsibility to lead the digital transformation and create a better society,” said Sakuyama. Therefore, both countries should “work together more”.

In his opinion, the corona crisis has made the cooperation even more urgent. “Manufacturing and the digital economy are key to activating economies,” says Sakuyama. The integration of digital technology into production is a strength of both countries. This could help the global economies to improve the competitiveness of their companies and industries.

The APK, with its focus on Industry 4.0, is particularly important for Sakuyama. Because it could show “how companies face the challenges of the data-driven society in the midst of the pandemic”. And Germany has long been considered an important partner in Japan.

The reason: the two large exporting nations not only share the current economic suffering of the global economic crisis and the escalating economic war between the USA and China. Given the great importance of car and mechanical engineering, you both have an interest in digitizing production through to promoting a multilateral free trade system.

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The German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas presented his “Alliance of Multilateralists” in Japan in 2018 for a reason. Japan has hesitated in the political alliance in order not to anger the USA as a protective power. In the area of ​​the digital economy, however, the state has already been inspired by Germany’s Industry 4.0 concept, which describes the digitization of industry. The Japanese advancement is called “Society 5.0”. The aim is to use digital and networked technologies to help solve social problems such as care for the elderly and transport.

Desire for data sovereignty

Manufacturing and robotics are a sub-area in which Society 5.0 has a lot in common with Industry 4.0. “They represent the next generation of industrial innovation,” said the Chairman of the Board of Directors. There are already collaborations.

According to the Japanese, the Japanese Revolutionary Robot Council is already working with the German Industry 4.0 platform. There are also corporate alliances. The mechanical engineering company Mori Seiki, for example, merged with Gildemeister to form DMG Mori Seiki.

And like the German industry, the Japanese are also trying to develop their own platforms for the digitized factories so as not to lose the data to cloud services from American IT giants such as Amazon, Google and Microsoft.

However, Sakuyama recognizes different approaches that are due to the corporate landscape. According to the expert, both countries are currently focusing on the “edge”, the boundary between the world of data and machines.

But in Germany the market leader Siemens is expanding its platform from the IT level to the “edge”. “We come from below, from the machines,” says Sakuyama. And since there are several platform providers in Japan with IT and technology giants such as Hitachi, Fujitsu, NEC, Omron and Mitsubishi Electric as well as the robot manufacturers Fanuc, Yaskawa and Kawasaki Heavy, not one provider dominates.

Mitsubishi Electric is one of the leaders in the Edgecross consortium, in which German companies such as the automotive supplier Schaeffler are also involved, with its broad portfolio, which ranges from automotive supplies to household appliances, elevators and air conditioning systems, robots to satellites. In the company association, companies want to develop common standards for communication between machines and IT solutions.

Sakuyama now hopes that Japan and Germany will cooperate in the further development of medium-sized companies. The European project Gaia-X, which gives companies inexpensive access to many functions for digitization, is a good example, says Sakuyama. The government is already considering setting up a similar system.

Sakuyama also sees a lot of potential at the corporate level. Company acquisitions are still a means for Mitsubishi Electric. “But I think we need a different approach to creating new value together,” says Sakuyama. “We would like to enter into partnerships with start-ups and venture companies in Germany.”

Friendly to the US and open to China

The further development of the free trade area with the EU is another focus of his work. Japan is trying to fend off protectionist tendencies with bilateral and regional trade deals. It is positive that half of the importers and exporters are already using the customs relief. “But the question of data flow on the industrial side is still open,” notes Sakuyama. And that is important for the digitization of the economy. One can expect that he will address this shortcoming at the next meeting of the Business Round Table in early November.

Another challenge is the dispute between China and the United States. From Japan’s new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Sakuyama expects “that he will go the same way as his predecessor Shinzo Abe”. Abe was friendly to the US and open to China, but at the same time strengthened its own military and alliances to contain China. Because Japan is perceiving its massively rearming neighbors more and more as a military threat. Economic policy is part of the dual strategy. The Japanese government wants to subsidize the construction of factories in Southeast Asia more in order to reduce the dependence on China for critical products.

When it comes to chips and components for the electronics industry, many global corporations are now investing heavily in countries such as Vietnam in order to circumvent US tariffs and trade bans. But Sakuyama does not expect complete decoupling. “From my point of view, China is a very big customer.” According to Sakuyama, his group generates ten percent of sales there. “We want to maintain and expand our business in China.”

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Japan’s swimming star Daiya Seto despite the Olympic 2021 affair

EThe news from young Mr. Seto, a person who swims, is good. Despite moral concerns, the Japanese federation is now allowing him to compete in the Olympic Games in Tokyo. We remember: Reporters revealed that the talented crawler had met a woman he was not married to in a so-called love hotel.

Apart from the fact that it is hypocritical when a country maintains extra hotels for lunches and then gets upset that someone is staying there, the question now arises: It must be feared that the swimming world champion will keep morale in the athletes’ village at underwater level will press?

The answer: Probably not, if you consider that in 2016 in the athletes’ village in Rio, 450,000 condoms were virtually ripped from the hands of donors. With 11,000 athletes that makes just under 41 per person! And they are probably not all married to each other. Well, some condoms were probably taken as souvenirs. But enough of that. What the young woman Seto says about all of this is not an Olympic topic anyway.

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Japan announced that it will dump the contaminated water from the Fukushima nuclear accident into the sea

The nuclear power plant, destroyed by the 2011 tsunami.

The Japanese government will shortly make its decision to expelling contaminated water from the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant into the seadespite strong local opposition, Japanese media reported on Friday.

Currently, around one million m3 of water is stored in about a thousand cisterns at the Fukushima Daiichi plant site. This water comes from the rain, the underground mantle or the injections necessary to cool the cores of the reactors. that went into meltdown after the terrible tsunami of March 11, 2011.

It was filtered several times to remove most of the radioactive substances it contained, but not tritium, which cannot be eliminated with current techniques.

Before long, the storage capacity will be saturatedTherefore, the Japanese authorities have evaluated various solutions in recent years.

In early 2020, experts hired by the government recommended dumping the water into the sea, something that it is done in other nuclear facilities in operationboth in Japan and in other parts of the world.

The government should approve this solution this month, but the operation itself should not start before 2022 at the earliest, according to various Japanese media. Much of the stored water still needs to be re-filtered to remove other radioactive elements.

But this option, which would have been taken at the expense of others such as evaporation or long-term storage, was heavily criticized by local fishermen and farmers, who fear that the image of their products will be further degraded.

Neighboring South Korea, which bans the importation of marine products from Fukushima, also expressed concern about the possible environmental consequences of the operation.

Tritium is dangerous to human health in high doses, according to experts. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) also defended the solution of the water being expelled into the sea.

Fishermen in northeastern Japan expressed concern on Friday for the information that indicates that the government plans to announce its approval of the discharge into the sea of ​​water contaminated by the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Fisheries professionals in the region fear that if the spill is approved, on which the authorities have been debating for months, the efforts of almost a decade to resume its activity and sell its fish, while the safety of its consumption is questioned, will have been to no avail, they explained to the Kyodo news agency.

We are terrified that if a single fish is found to have exceeded safety standards after the water is spilled, people’s trust in us will collapse, ”a 32-year-old fisherman from the city of Soma told the aforementioned media.

Source: EFE

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