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Fishing banned off Fukushima coast

Friday, Aug 23, 2013 - 01:32

Aug. 23 - Japanese unions ban fishing off the coast of Fukushima following the latest contaminated water leak at the crippled nuclear plant. Lily Grimes reports.

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A quiet day in Onahama Port - in Japan's Fukushima Prefecture. Synonymous with the nearby nuclear plant, the fishing industry here is still suffering the effects of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. And just recently, a fishing ban has been put in place after a leakage of contaminated water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear reactor. Fishermen say they are fed up. (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) UNIDENTIFIED FISHERMAN, SAYING: "What can I say? Everyone is so sick of the situation they are lost for words. Whatever we say is pointless - they are still discharging the contaminated water. Even if we make a fuss, there isn't anything they can do to stop the leak is there?" Many fishing unions have voluntarily suspended operations since Tokyo Electric Power Co announced the leak earlier this week. Tepco, the plant operators, said water with dangerously high levels of radiation was leaking from a storage tank, possibly into the sea. It's been a year since unions resumed limited fishing in the area after the Fukushima nuclear meltdown. While these children don't seem to care, parents say they won't be eating what they catch. On Thursday Tepco revealed new radiation spots had been found near storage tanks holding highly contaminated water, raising fears of fresh leaks as the disaster goes from bad to worse.

Fishing banned off Fukushima coast

Friday, Aug 23, 2013 - 01:32

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