The idea to release the stored water has been met by strong disapproval from environmentalists. Farmers and fishermen have also come out against the idea, saying people will continue to reject eating seafood and produce from the region. They said it would undo years of work to repair the region’s reputation.
Fishery representatives visited Kajiyama on Thursday to express their displeasure for a potential release of the water.
South Korea, which bans seafood imports from the region, has also voiced its concern about the plan.
Despite the opposition, a panel of experts advising the Japanese government on the matter recommended releasing the water.