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Radioactive water threatens Fukushima fishery's fragile gains

Plant operator plans to dump contaminated water into the ocean

The day's catch is placed in baskets at this Fukushima Prefecture harbor. (Photo by Takumi Sasaki)

TOKYO -- Since a catastrophic nuclear accident seven years ago, Fukushima fishermen have made painstaking efforts to rebuild their livelihood, assiduously testing the radioactivity levels of their catches to ensure safety. Now, rapidly accumulating wastewater from the crippled power plant is again threatening this hard-won business recovery.

Faced with the prospect that there will be no more space to store tanks containing radioactive water leaking from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings and the Japanese government are considering diluting the water and dumping it into the ocean.

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