But the plans have proven extremely controversial in Japan, as well as in Korea and China.
Fishermen, in particular, are concerned about the effect the release of contaminated water will have on their livelihood.
In May this year, Korean fishermen penned a letter to the Japanese government, expressing their concerns about the plans.
The letter read: “Our industry is on course to suffer annihilating damage, just when people’s concerns about a possible radioactive contamination of marine products.”
Fishermen are worried public perceptions of seafood could drastically shift as a result of a perceived threat to health.