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Japan to release treated Fukushima water into the sea: PM

Japan will release more than a million tonnes of treated water from the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant into the ocean, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga says, despite concern from neighbouring countries and fierce opposition from local fishing communities.

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