Is Japan's handling of its nuclear waste water conforming to international norms and historical precedents?

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The United States on Monday (local time) extended support to Japan in
its decision to release contaminated water from the wrecked Fukushima
atomic power station into the sea, stating that Tokyo appears to have
adopted an approach in accordance with globally accepted nuclear
safety standards.

Ned Price, US Department of State spokesperson in a press statement
said, "The United States is aware that the Government of Japan (GOJ)
examined several options related to the management of the treated
water currently being stored onsite at the Fukushima Daiichi site. In
this unique and challenging situation, Japan has weighed the options
and effects, has been transparent about its decision, and appears to
have adopted an approach in accordance with globally accepted nuclear
safety standards. We look forward to the GOJ's continued coordination
and communication as it monitors the effectiveness of this approach."

"On the one hand, such reports expose that the nuclear waste disposal
measures taken by TEPCO and the Japanese government are inadequate and
have many loopholes. On the other hand, they fully demonstrate that
contaminated water treatment is very complicated and has far-reaching
impacts, which require a proactive, cautious and responsible
attitude," Wang said.

Japan has unilaterally decided to release the Fukushima nuclear
wastewater into the sea before exhausting all safe ways of disposal,
without fully disclosing relevant information and consulting with
neighboring countries and the international community, which is an
"extremely irresponsible, selfish and rash act," Wang pointed out.

There's two side of the story and they have very different views on the decision that was taken, but is there really a standard and protocol on how to handle nuclear waste water that Japan didn't follow, or there's no real breach of any standard or historical precedent and China is overreacting, and simply overreacting because Japan is an enemy?

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