• By: Carol Wolman
  • Target: Naohiro Masuda – Director, Fukushima Daiichi Decontamination Team, Toshiaki Endo- President, Japan Olympic Committee, Shinzo Abe – Prime Minister of Japan

We, the undersigned, join Ambassador Mitsuhei Murata in calling for “an honorable retreat” for Japan, resigning the position of Host for the 2020 Olympic Games. Since Fukushima is already contaminating Tokyo, says Mr. Murata, bringing people there in large numbers for the games (and the workers building the facilities before that event) is immoral and unethical.

Tokyo Electric Power Company's (TEPCO) Fukushima Daiichi, the nuclear reactor complex that was damaged by the earthquake/tsunami of March 2011, continues to spew forth radioactivity today.  Unfortunately, the site is nowhere near "under control", and there is no guarantee it will be by 2020.

As it unfolds, the Fukushima story grows more convoluted and way more chilling. For example, according to The Japan Times, October 30th, 2015 Edition: “Extremely high radiation levels and the inability to grasp the details about melted nuclear fuel make it impossible for the utility to chart the course of its planned decommissioning of the reactors at the plant.”

Not only that, but the entire Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant complex is subject to recurring mishaps and setbacks, as well as various technical tribulations, something different going wrong on any given day.    And, it’s always big, never small  For example, according to the same paper:  “Deadly 9.4 Sieverts Detected Outside Fukushima Reactor 2 Containment Vessel; Checks Stop.”

A trouble-free 2020 Tokyo Olympics is supposed to showcase Japan’s economic revival.

Up to this point, the exact opposite has been the case, due to the scrapping of plans for a very expensive new National Stadium, the scuttling of the Olympic logo amid charges of plagiarism and newspaper headlines alleging, for example, that “Japan’s Olympics fiascoes point to outmoded, opaque decision-making.”

If the 2020 summer games are held in Tokyo, the world's finest young athletes may well be be exposed to radiation, along with the workers building the complex and the people from all over the world who attend.  Japan would do much better to withdraw, and spend the money on fixing Fukushima Daiichi. 

Dear Friends,
Periodic releases of radioactive material into the air spread all over northern Japan, including Tokyo. 

It's criminal to bring young athletes and their fans to Tokyo in 2020.   Please sign and disseminate

Thank you,

Carol S. Wolman, MD


Update #22 years ago
Mycle Schneider, nuclear energy consultant: ...Fukushima ...can become much worse,..This accident is ongoing,.three years now. There are continuous leaks of radioactivity in the environment because the radioactive inventory is not stabilised. It’s an unprecedented event in complexity, in size and in consequences. The biggest problem is that the methodology chosen by Tepco and the Japanese government appears inappropriate.
Update #12 years ago
In 6/17/2014, the chairman of 2020 Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee, Mori announced they are going to consider supporting Fukushima prefecture to fight against harmful rumor.
They are going to support Fukushima prefectural government to attract the training camp of foreign athletes and also program most of the Olympic-torch relay course in Fukushima.
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