Japan urged to give true picture of Fukushima nuclear leak

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Black bags containing buildup of contaminated wastes are seen in the town of Iitate, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, March 7, 2015. [Photo: Xinhua]

China has again urged the Japanese government to give an honest explanation of the Fukushima nuclear leak incident and its impact on the environment as soon as possible.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang made the remarks after the Japanese government decided to lift the evacuation order in the highly radiated "residential restricted area," allowing evacuees to return to where they used to live.

"We have noticed that since the responsible person of the atomic energy department of the Tokyo Electric Power Company disclosed on May 30 the truth that had been concealed for five years, the Japanese government has, up to the present, not made any responsible and open response to the matter."

He added that the impact of the Fukushima nuclear leak on the environment, ecology and food safety is not limited to Japan itself.

Lu also addressed the issue of whether Chinese tourists to Japan are safe.

"I want to clarify that it is the freedom and choice of each and every Chinese citizen to make their own travel plan. But the Chinese government has responsibilities to give a necessary warning when there are uncertain risks and it is the compelling obligation of the Japanese government to give an honest and true answer of the Fukushima nuclear leak and its impact as soon as possible."

The Chinese Foreign Ministry has issued an alert, warning Chinese citizens and tourist groups to be cautious when going to Fukushima, and other seriously affected areas.

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