House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Thursday criticized China’s “falsities” regarding Japan’s release of treated radioactive water from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant.
Mr. McCarthy, who arrived in Tokyo on Sept. 7 for the G7 speakers’ meeting, expressed his support for Japan and said that China’s stance on the Fukushima water discharge contrasted with that of other countries.
“I just view it as another way of the Communist Party of China putting falsities out there, trying to divide,” he told reporters. “And it’s just an unfair position that they have and a false position that they have from the rest of the world’s stance.”
Mr. McCarthy ate Fukushima-grown produce during his lunch with U.S. Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel to show his support. Mr. Emanuel said the United States would continue to support its No.1 ally, Japan.
Kishida Held Talks With Chinese Premier
Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida met with Chinese Premier Li Qiang on the sidelines of the ASEAN summit in Indonesia on Sept. 6, the first high-level talk between the two countries since the release of the water.
Mr. Kishida said he had explained to Mr. Li the safety measures Japan has implemented to handle the water discharge and urged Beijing to rely on scientific evidence. He refused to comment on Mr. Li’s response.
The Japanese leader had previously requested China to reverse its ban through diplomatic channels.
In the document, the ministry emphasized that Japan’s standard for releasing tritium, which is less than 22 trillion becquerels per year, is lower than those released by China’s nuclear reactors.