Former Japanese Ambassador calls on IOC to cancel 2020 Olympics over Fukushima Risks
nsnbc : The former Japanese Ambassador to Switzerland, Mitshei Murata, has called on the President of the International Olympic Committee to move the 2020 Olympics from Tokyo or to cancel the games over the situation at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.
Mitshei Murata wrote to Dr. Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Lausanne, Switzerland, stating that his letter was motivated by his sense of mission to inform Dr. Bach about the worsening situation in Fukushima. Murata stressed that the worsening situation is being downplayed by the Japanese government.
Contrary to the assurances of the Japanese government and Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), Murata states, the situation at the Fukushima Daiichi NPP is not at all under control. Murata notes that he, as many others feel the Olympic Summer Games under these circumstances should be canceled and the preparations abandoned. Murata wrote:
Not only do we have a continued contamination of the groundwater and the Pacific Ocean by the unstable plant, but the brittle structure of the damaged plant represents itself a serious threat, in particular in our earthquake prone region. Given the relative proximity of Tokyo, just some 200km South of Fukushima, represents in my view an ongoing risk for our largest city, for its citizens and all visitors. You might agree that one more alarming development as the recent earthquake of magnitude 8.1 just some weeks ago might indeed increase the pressure to stop the planning process of the 2020 games all together.
Murata urged IOC President Dr. Thomas Bach to discuss sending independent experts to Japan to assess the current and future risk situation emanating from the damaged nuclear plant. Murata added: