LettersWhy the fuss about Fukushima water is a Chinese storm in a teacup
Readers discuss the politics of the radioactive water dump, management of the US-China competition, Fukushima-induced panic buying, and the safety of the radioactive waterJapanLettersPublished: 11:30am, 31 Aug, 2023Why you can trust SCMP
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Japan is lifting its defence readiness and drawing up one of the world’s biggest defence budgets, as part of a strategic review prompted by concerns about North Korea, China and Russia.