Comments quoted in “Focus on Japan over Fukushima Ocean Discharge” [in Spanish]

On November 19, 2023, El País published an article titled “Focus on Japan over Fukushima Ocean Discharge,” which quoted comments from Professor Maiko Ichihara of the Graduate School of Law. This article is about the growing tensions between Japan and its neighbors, namely China, Russia, South Korea, Taiwan, Macau, Hong Kong, as well as French Polynesia, which imposed import bans on Japanese products such as fish and cosmetics, despite IAEA approval for the discharge of treated water from Fukushima. Referring to China, Professor Ichihara commented that its behaviors, which have no scientific basis, are intended to destabilize Japanese society, drive a wedge between Japan and its strategic neighbors, such as South Korea and Taiwan, and divert attention from domestic issues such as China’s economic slowdown.