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Tepco chairman's remark on water release goes radioactive

Comment draws ire from Fukushima residents, fishermen and watchdog

Takashi Kawamura, a former Hitachi chairman, took up his current post just last month.

TOKYO -- Comments by Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings' chairman about releasing nuclear wastewater into the ocean are being met with anger from fisheries groups and many others.

Tepco Chairman Takashi Kawamura told news outlets earlier this month that the utility "has made its decision" on the release of tritiated water from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi power plant to the ocean. Tritiated water is a radioactive form where the usual "light" hydrogen atoms are replaced with tritium.

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