Japan accedes to two pollution prevention conventions

On 1st July 2020, Japan deposited its instruments of accession to the International Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage, 2001, and the Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks, 2007.

U.S. Navy Contractor allegedly dumps waste in Japanese ports

An environmental services contractor is now under investigation by American and Japanese authorities, for reportedly dumping illegally at U.S. Navy bases in Japan. In fact, between 2008 and 2018, Kanto Kosan Co. allegedly discharged partially treated wastewater into the sea at two U.S. Navy bases and then attempted to cover it up.

Oil from Sanchi reaches Japanese shores

The Japan Coast Guard informed that oil has been spotted in islands in southern Japan, that most likely came from the sunken Iranian tanker Sanchi. Meanwhile, China urged for better marine pollution preparedness with Japan and South Korea.

China continues efforts to clean Sanchi oil spill

The Chinese Ministry of Transports informed that the country is still attempting to clean up 1,900 tonnes of bunker fuel from the Iranian oil tanker, Sanchi, that sank after it collided with a freight ship. In the efforts for the oil clean up, five Chinese vessels, one Japanese ship and one South Korean are taking part, in an area that covers 226 sq nautical miles, while in the same time, efforts continue regarding what caused the accident.

Oil Spill after tanker collision off Japan

The Japanese tankers Eastern Phoenix and Keihin Maru 8 collided about two nautical miles off Japan’s coast on Sunday. The collision caused an oil spill, according to local media reports.

Fukushima site still leaking after five years

Five years after the Fukushima nuclear accident, there is still no U.S. federal agency responsible for studies of radioactive contaminants in the ocean. But scientific data about the levels of radioactivity in the ocean off our shores are available publicly thanks to ongoing efforts of independent researchers, including Ken Buesseler, a radiochemist with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), who has led the effort to create and maintain an ocean monitoring network along the U.S. West Coast.

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