Ten days since the Korean government asked Japan to provide details of radioactive water contamination from the Fukushima nuclear plant there has been no response. The government made the official request to the Japanese Foreign Ministry through the Korean Embassy in Tokyo on Aug. 14.
The embassy on Sunday said the ministry said it is "difficult" to provide the details quickly as it takes time to gather relevant information and there have been additional leak of contaminated water.
An embassy official said, "The Japanese government is not giving detailed explanation or additional information to neighboring countries on the leakage of radioactive water. It just provides general updates to all embassies in Tokyo such as leakage of radioactive water."
The Fukushima nuclear plant produces 400 tons of contaminated coolant. Three of the 1,000 overground storage tanks containing it have sprung leaks.
Some 300 tons of radioactive water leaked from one tank, and small amounts from the two others.
Tokyo's foot-dragging stands in stark contrast to its own sense of urgency when sandstorms blew in from in China this spring, when it demanded immediate answers.
During a meeting of the environment ministers from the three countries in Kitakyushu in May, Japan proposed establishing a three-way committee on air pollution.