Japan Not to Concede on Sovereignty, Democratic Values: Suga | Nippon.com

Washington, April 16 (Jiji Press)–Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Friday indicated Japan’s stance of not conceding on territorial sovereignty and democratic values, apparently mindful of China’s ramping up of its hegemonic position in Asia, including over the Senkaku Islands.

“We have no plans on making concessions on matters regarding sovereignty, and on universal values such as democracy, human rights and the rule of law,” Suga said in an online speech on Japan’s diplomatic policy at an event hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a U.S. think tank.

The Senkaku Islands in Japan’s southernmost prefecture of Okinawa are claimed by China.

“We will argue what we should argue and strongly demand specific actions,” the prime minister, who is visiting Washington for talks with U.S. President Joe Biden, said, referring to China’s rising maritime assertiveness backed by military power.
— Read on www.nippon.com/en/news/yjj2021041700288/

Biden, Suga poised to present united front on Taiwan as China steps up pressure | Reuters

U.S. President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will present a united front on Taiwan, China’s most sensitive territorial issue, in a summit meeting on Friday, according to a senior U.S. administration official.
— Read on www.reuters.com/world/china/biden-suga-poised-present-united-front-taiwan-china-steps-up-pressure-2021-04-16/

China to Japanese official: If treated radioactive water from Fukushima is safe, ‘please drink it’ – The Washington Post

“The ocean is not Japan’s trash can,” a Chinese Foreign Ministry official said.
— Read on www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/04/14/china-japan-fukushima-water-drink/

The Japanese government’s decision to discharge Fukushima contaminated water ignores human rights and international maritime law – Greenpeace International

Greenpeace Japan strongly condemns the decision of the of Prime Minister Suga’s cabinet to dispose of over 1.23 million tons of radioactive waste water.
— Read on www.greenpeace.org/international/press-release/47207/the-japanese-governments-decision-to-discharge-fukushima-contaminated-water-ignores-human-rights-and-international-maritime-law/

Japan to start releasing Fukushima water into sea in 2 years

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s government decided Tuesday to start releasing treated radioactive water from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean in two years — an option fiercely opposed by human beings who care about the future, rather than saving a dollar.
— Read on apnews.com/article/japan-tsunamis-tokyo-d35637331403c59bbdf61e5ee1f09dbc