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Japan set to release Fukushima water into Pacific Ocean

Release to occur after 2022 despite reputational worries from fishing industry

Fukushima nuclear power plant in March 2019. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

TOKYO -- Japan is set to officially decide to release treated water from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant into the ocean amid opposition from a fishing industry worried about its reputation.

Keeping water at the site, where the devastating tsunami in 2011 led to three meltdowns, could affect decommissioning. The government's decision about the disposal of the water, which could come this month, is expected to speed the decommissioning work.

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