Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga drank liters of water from the Fukushima nuclear plant this week to prove to the world that its water would not cause any health hazards.
The Japanese Prime Minister has been on the defensive since it was revealed that Japan will release over one million tonnes of treated radioactive water from the tsunami-ravaged Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea.
Environmentalist organizations worldwide, as well as concerned citizens of Japan and neighboring countries, have criticized the move yet PM Yoshihide Suga has remained inflexible on the question.
“Since when are Japanese people afraid of a little radiation? Have they forgotten Nagasaki and Hiroshima? Radiation in little doses is good for everybody. It’s even very savory,” he told reporters this week.
“This water is much tastier than my tap water at home. If they would sell this in bottles, I would be only drinking from these,” Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga explained to reporters.
The World Health Organization has warned that the melted uranium fuel rods release tritium, a radioactive isotope of hydrogen that can raise cancer risks, and allege accumulated doses over time could damage DNA.
“I have been drinking this water for days now and I feel great. Who are you going to believe? A bunch of bureaucrats at the World Health Organization or your Prime Minister?” Yoshihide Suga added while denying the allegations.
One Japanese water bottling company in a bid to seize the hype generated by the radioactive water has said that it has landed an exclusive deal with the Fukushima plant and will offer bottled radioactive water as soon as July.