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China Dares Japanese Officials to Drink Fukushima Wastewater

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China is ratcheting up pressure over Japan’s plan to release treated water from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant into the ocean, calling on government officials to drink the liquid to prove its safety.

“Japanese politicians said treated wastewater is ‘innocent,’ why don’t they drink, cook & wash clothes with the water first?” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said on Twitter Thursday. When questioned Friday about the comments, Japan Finance Minister Taro Aso sidestepped queries and said Fukushima water contamination levels are below international guideline limits.

Tokyo’s plan to release the wastewater into the Pacific Ocean announced Tuesday has been harshly criticized by China, Taiwan, South Korea and North Korea.

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