The Fukushima Daiichi plant, which suffered core meltdowns in the wake of a devastating natural disaster and tsunami in March 2011, continues to generate massive amounts of radiation-tainted water after it is used to cool melted fuel.
"It will be hard to accept if the Japanese side decides to release the contaminated water from the Fukushima nuclear power plant without sufficient consultations", Choi said.
The plan shall not be conducted without full consultation and agreement with all interested countries and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the spokesperson stressed.
"Japan's unilateral decision on disposal of nuclear wastewater from Fukushima nuclear station by releasing it into the sea is extremely irresponsible", the spokesperson said.
Japan has argued the water release is necessary to press ahead with the complex decommissioning of the plant after it was crippled by a 2011 quake and tsunami, pointing out that similarly filtered water is routinely released from nuclear plants around the world.
"On the premise of strict compliance with regulatory standards that have been established, we select oceanic release", the government said in a statement after relevant ministers formalised the decision.
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He said the release would happen only "after ensuring the safety levels of the water" and alongside measures to "prevent reputational damage".
It includes water used to cool the plant, as well as rain and groundwater that seeps in daily.
Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga told a ministerial meeting that disposing of the water was an "inevitable task" in the decades-long process of decommissioning the nuclear plant.
The water is pumped out and filtered, but the decision is certain to spark controversy, angering regional countries and local fishing communities that have spent years trying to restore confidence in seafood from the region.
"We can't back this move to break that promise and release the water into the sea unilaterally". As a close neighbor and stakeholder, the Chinese side expresses grave concern over this.
Noting that the Fukushima nuclear accident is one of the most serious ones in the world so far, the spokesperson said that the accident caused a large amount of radioactive material to leak, which has had a profound impact on the marine environment, food safety and human health. The government "appears" to have adopted an approach in accordance with globally accepted nuclear safety standards, it added. The process, however, can not remove tritium, a radioactive byproduct of nuclear reactors.