Opposition to Japanese plans to dump nuclear waste in Pacific

Posted on 30 November 2022

After meeting at the Nuclear Connections Across Oceania conference over the weekend in Dunedin, activists and academics have joined forces to publicly oppose Japanese plans to dump nuclear waste in the Pacific.  

Last year, Japan announced the dumping of the waste from the Fukushima nuclear plant was to take place from 2023, and last over 30 years.  

Anti nuclear activists in the Pacific are staunchly opposed. Pacific Network on Globalisation Deputy Coordinator Joey Tau stated  

"We understand this is within Japan's jurisdiction but the ocean is not stagnant and Pacific Islands will be at the forefront of disposal," 

After nearly thirty years since the last nuclear test in the pacific, the battle to keep nuclear weapons and waste out of the region still rages on.