Regarding media report of a meeting with an alleged senior official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the handling of ALPS treated water
- On 21 June, some foreign media reported about a document of unknown origin, which states that an alleged senior official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the Government of Japan had made a political donation of more than 1 million euros to the IAEA in order to resolve differences of opinion between the IAEA and third country experts conducting a review of the ALPS treated water, and that the conclusions of the IAEA review report were fixed from the beginning that it is absolutely safe, as well as that the third-country experts participating in the IAEA review are just for decoration, etc.
- There is no fact that a senior official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had such a meeting. Also, with regard to the content of the document, it is absolutely untrue that Japan made a political donation to the IAEA, that the conclusions of the IAEA review report were fixed from the beginning, or that third-country experts are just for decoration.
- As stated thus far, the above report has no basis in fact, and the Government of Japan strongly opposes the irresponsible dissemination of such false information.
[NOTE1] Related link (Korean)
[NOTE2] ALPS treated water
ALPS treated water is water which is processed by devices such as ALPS (Advanced Liquid Processing System) to ensure that the radioactive materials other than tritium surely meet the regulatory standards for safety. In addition, it is planned that ALPS treated water will then be sufficiently diluted before the discharges so that the concentrations of the radioactive materials including tritium will be far below the regulatory standards for safety.