April 9, Friday, 2021 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline

1. NHK has learned that the Japanese government is ready to announce, as early as Tuesday, that it plans to dispose of radioactive wastewater from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant by releasing it into the ocean. Wastewater produced by the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant is stored in tanks in the compound which are set to fill up next year. It’s treated, but still contains radioactive tritium.
2. Tokyo is set to introduce stricter measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus. But the chief expert of a government panel has warned that if they don’t work, another state of emergency may become necessary.
3.The head of Japan’s Self-Defense Forces says more than 100 personnel from a coronavirus-hit unit in the African nation of Djibouti took part in large-scale events late last month. The Defense Ministry suspects the events may have been behind the spread of the infection.