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TOKYO -- Japan started releasing nuclear-contaminated wastewater from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant into the Pacific Ocean on Thursday, despite raging opposition from both at home and abroad.

Live video provided by the plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) showed that a staff member turned on a seawater pump at around 1:00 p.m. local time (0400 GMT), marking the beginning of the controversial ocean discharge, while concerns and opposition persisting among local fishermen as well as in neighboring countries and Pacific island countries. (Japan-Fukushima-Nuclear Water Discharge)

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SEOUL -- Lawmakers of the South Korean main opposition Democratic Party on Thursday protested against Japan's discharge of nuclear-contaminated wastewater into the ocean, pushing for bills to legislate the right to indemnity claims against the Japanese government.

"Despite international concerns and opposition, Japan eventually chose the worst environmental catastrophe against humankind. Just as Japan infringed on the Pacific with guns and swords during World War II, it now threatens the entire humankind with radiation," Democratic Party leader Lee Jae-myung said in an emergency general meeting of the party lawmakers at the parliamentary building. (South Korea-Japan-Nuke Wastewater)

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SYDNEY -- Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands Manasseh Sogavare has condemned Japan's decision to start releasing the nuclear-contaminated wastewater from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant into the Pacific Ocean.

The prime minister of the Pacific island country made the remarks while attending the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Leaders' Summit held in Vanuatu's Port Vila, along with ruling party leaders from Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Fiji and New Caledonia. (Solomon Islands-Japan-Nuke Water Discharge)

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KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia's electric vehicle (EV) sector has received a boost from Chinese technology, with a local manufacturer unveiling two off-road electric powered bikes at the Kuala Lumpur Bike Show 2023 which kicked off on Thursday.

As Malaysia continues to adopt more EV models, Wira Mobility, a home-grown technology company has benefitted from China's vast and mature EV sector, getting two models off the drawing board and into the consumer market. (Malaysia-China-EV Bikes) Enditem

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