Japan on Tuesday formalized its to decision to release over 1 million tonnes of treated contaminated water from the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant into the Pacific Ocean, causing protests from neighboring countries.

The contentious measure is aimed at solving the accumulation of radioactive water at the Daiichi nuclear facilities, one of the most pressing problems in the complex process of dismantling the plant that was damaged by the earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. EFE