People gather in front of the Prime Minister’s official residence in Tokyo on August 22, 2023, to protest the Japanese government’s irresponsible decision to start releasing nuclear-contaminated wastewater.(Xinhua/Feng Wuyong)
The disposal of nuclear-contaminated water concerns the world’s marine ecosystem and public health, and Japan should promptly establish a long-term international monitoring mechanism that includes relevant neighboring countries in order to effectively protect the world’s marine ecosystem. China’s environment minister said at a meeting in Tokyo.
TOKYO, Nov. 7 (Xinhua) – China’s Environment Minister urges Japan to faithfully fulfill its international obligations, consult thoroughly with other stakeholders, and treat nuclear-contaminated water in a scientific and responsible manner. asked to be disposed of.
Ecology and Environment Minister Hwang Jun-chiu pointed out that the disposal of nuclear-contaminated water has implications for the world’s marine ecosystems and public health, and made remarks at the opening ceremony of the 24th China-Japan-South Korea (Korea) tripartite environment ministers’ meeting. ).
The conference was held from Friday to Saturday in Nagoya, Japan.
Huang further pointed out at the post-meeting press conference that in order to effectively protect the world’s marine ecosystems, Japan should promptly establish a long-term international monitoring mechanism that includes relevant neighboring countries. .
People gather in front of Tokyo Electric Power Company headquarters in Tokyo on August 24, 2023, to protest the Japanese government and Tokyo Electric Power Company’s (TEPCO) decision to release nuclear-contaminated wastewater. (Xinhua/Yang Guang)
Mr. Huang said China, Japan and South Korea share geographic proximity and cultural affinity as important cooperation partners.
China will strengthen cooperation with other two countries in practicing true multilateralism and jointly promote the success of important environmental multilateral processes, including the 28th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention (COP28). I intend to go. Mr. Huang spoke about climate change, the Global Plastics Convention, and the United Nations Environment Assembly.
He added that he would strive to share the experience of trilateral environmental cooperation with more partners and make new and greater contributions to regional and global sustainable development.
People participating in a rally to protest Japan’s dumping of nuclear contaminated wastewater into the ocean in Busan, South Korea, on August 26, 2023 (Xinhua News Agency/Lu Rui)
A delegation led by Mr. Hwang, Japan’s Environment Minister Shintaro Ito, and South Korea’s Environment Minister Han Jeong-ae participated in the meeting, sharing their respective countries’ environmental policies and recent trends, and providing opinions on regional and global environmental issues. was replaced. mutual concern.
At the meeting, the implementation of the Tripartite Joint Action Plan on Environmental Cooperation for 2021-2025 was considered, and the Joint Communiqué of the 24th Tripartite Environment Ministers’ Meeting was jointly signed.
The Trilateral Environment Ministers Meeting of China, Japan, and South Korea has been held annually since 1999 with the aim of addressing common environmental issues in the region and promoting sustainable growth. ■