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July 27 2017


No success story for Tokyo in hosting 2020 Games: economist | The Japan Times

“‘I’d be really surprised,’ Smith College professor [Andrew] Zimbalist said at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan, when asked if the Tokyo Games would be a success. ‘You don’t have any of the ingredients for that.’

‘At the end of day, the best way to have a good experience with hosting the Olympics is to not host them. And if you are going to host the Olympics, then what’s really necessary is to do what Barcelona did and not what virtually every other city does.’

‘In Barcelona, the plan (to develop the city) came first and the Olympics was fit into the plan, rather than there being no plan and the (International Olympic Committee) coming in and the city fitting itself into the IOC’s demands.’

Zimbalist, author of ‘Circus Maximus: The Economic Gamble Behind Hosting the Olympics and the World Cup,’ was a chief critic of Boston’s 2024 Olympic bid and an adviser to the ‘No Boston Olympics’ activist group. The Boston bid was pulled after failing to gather enough public support.

Citing an Oxford University study, Zimbalist said on average, the Summer Games since 1980 has averaged a 252 percent cost overrun — or 3.5 times the initial budget — and that Tokyo is not expected to be an exception.

The latest figure of the overall budget published by the 2020 organizing committee is at ¥1,385 billion or more than $12 billion, although the IOC believes additional cuts can be made.

Zimbalist, however, said the number-crunching done by the IOC is not to be trusted at face value, describing Olympic accounting as ‘fungible’ and ‘manipulatable.’ The final budget for last year’s Olympics exceeded $20 billion, more than threefold the initial estimates.

The IOC’s exorbitant demands on a host city — particularly in construction — are simply too taxing, he said.

‘People can make the budget go way up or down by deciding what to include in the budget,’ Zimbalist said.

‘According to the statistics the Tokyo 2020 committee is sharing publicly, the initial bid was $5.6 billion and right now they’re reporting $12.6 billion so we already know that they’re more than double right there.’

‘I would, if I wanted to understand the cost overrun potential, want to take a very close look at the report that was done by the task force created by the Tokyo governor because again, they were projecting a cost of $27.1 billion. That’s a heck of a lot higher than $12.6 billion.’”

July 26 2017


Urgent Messages from Murata-San – Open Source Truth


Mitsuhei Murata, former Japanese Ambassador to Switzerland and nuclear opponent, says:

“It is simply scandelous to organize Olympic baseball and football games in Fukushima without reassuring its safety as required by civil society. The IOC is increasingly criticized for this.”

“The pitiful downfall of TOSHIBA undeniably symbolizes the beginning of the end of the peaceful use of nuclear energy. The mainstream of the world still permits and promotes the existence of more than 440 nuclear reactors, now considered as the most serious threat to security. This mainstream undeniably needs a change.”

He’s calling for “honorable retreat” from the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Mr. Murata also quotes US nuclear expert Arnie Gunderson as saying, “The inhumanity of the Japanese government toward the Fukushima disaster refugees is appalling.”

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July 18 2017


Japan Plans to Expose Its People and 2020 Tokyo Olympians to Fukushima Radiation

“Former nuclear industry senior vice president Arnie Gundersen, who managed and coordinated projects at 70 US atomic power plants, is appalled at how the Japanese government is handling the Fukushima nuclear crisis.

‘The inhumanity of the Japanese government toward the Fukushima disaster refugees is appalling,’ Gundersen, a licensed reactor operator with 45 years of nuclear power engineering experience and the author of a bestselling book in Japan about the Fukushima Daiichi disaster, told Truthout.

He explains that both the Japanese government and the atomic power industry are trying to force almost all of the people who evacuated their homes in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster to return ‘home’ before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

This March Japan's federal government announced the subsidies that have, up until now, been provided to Fukushima evacuees who were mandated to leave their homes are being withdrawn, which will force many of them to return to their contaminated prefecture out of financial necessity.

And it's not just the Japanese government. The International Olympic Commission is working overtime to normalize the situation as well, even though conditions at Fukushima are anything but normal. The commission even has plans for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to have baseball and softball games played at Fukushima.

Gundersen believes these developments are happening so that the pro-nuclear Japanese government can claim the Fukushima disaster is ‘over.’ However, he noted, ‘The disaster is not “over” and “home” no longer is habitable.’”

“Reports of radiation from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, which began when a tsunami generated by Japan's deadly earthquake in 2011 struck the nuclear plant, have been ongoing.

Seven more people who used to live in Fukushima, Japan were diagnosed with thyroid cancer, the government announced in June. This brings the number of cases of thyroid cancer of those living in the prefecture at the time the disaster began to at least 152.

While the Japanese government continues to deny any correlation between these cases and the Fukushima disaster, thyroid cancer has long since been known to be caused by radioactive iodine released during nuclear accidents like the one at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant. A World Health Organization report released after the disaster started listed cancer as a possible result of the meltdown, and a 2015 study in the journal Epidemiology suggested that children exposed to Fukushima radiation were likely to develop thyroid cancer more frequently.

The 2011 disaster left 310 square miles around the plant uninhabitable, and the area's 160,000 residents were evacuated. This April, officials began welcoming some of them back to their homes, but more than half of the evacuees in a nearby town have already said they would not return to their homes even if evacuation orders were lifted, according to a 2016 government survey.

Officials from Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), the company responsible for cleaning up the disaster, announced this February they were having difficulty locating nuclear fuel debris inside one of the reactors. Radiation inside the plant continues to skyrocket to the point of causing even robots to malfunction.

Cancer cases continue to crop up among children living in towns near Fukushima.

And it's not as if the danger is decreasing. In fact, it is quite the contrary. Earlier this year, radiation levels at the Fukushima plant were at their highest levels since the disaster began.

TEPCO said atmospheric readings of 530 sieverts an hour had been recorded in one of the reactors. The previous highest reading was 73 sieverts an hour back in 2012. A single dose of just one Sievert is enough to cause radiation sickness and nausea. Five sieverts would kill half of those exposed within one month, and a dose of 10 sieverts would be fatal to those exposed within weeks.”

“In addition to his other roles, Arnie Gundersen serves as the chief engineer for Fairewinds Energy Education, a Vermont-based nonprofit organization founded by his wife Maggie. Since founding the organization, Maggie Gundersen has provided paralegal and expert witness services for Fairewinds. Like her husband, she's had an inside view of the nuclear industry: She was an engineering assistant in reload core design for the nuclear vendor Combustion Engineering, and she was in charge of PR for a proposed nuclear reactor site in upstate New York.

When Truthout asked her how she felt about the Abe government's response to Fukushima, she said, ‘Human health is not a commodity that should be traded for corporate profits or the goals of politicians and those in power as is happening in Japan. The Japanese government is refusing to release accurate health data and is threatening to take away hospital privileges from doctors who diagnose radiation symptoms.’

Maggie Gundersen added that her husband also met with a doctor who lost his clinic because he was diagnosing people with radiation sickness, instead of complying with the government's story that their illnesses were due to the psychological stress of the Fukushima Daiichi meltdowns.

M.V. Ramana is the Simons Chair in Disarmament, Global and Human Security at the Liu Institute for Global Issues at the University of British Columbia in Canada, and is also a contributing author to the World Nuclear Industry Status Report for 2016. Like the Gundersens, he is critical of the Abe administration's mishandling of Fukushima.

‘I am not sure we can expect much better from the Abe administration that has shown so little regard for people's welfare in general and has supported the nuclear industry in the face of clear and widespread opposition,’ Ramana told Truthout. ‘As with restarting nuclear power plants, one reason for this decision seems to be to reduce the liability of the nuclear industry, TEPCO in this case. It is also a way for the Abe administration to shore up Japan's image, as a desirable destination for the Olympics and more generally.’”

“Ramana believes Fukushima should be a reminder of the inherent hazards associated with nuclear power, and how those hazards become worse when entities that control these technologies put profits over human wellbeing.

Arnie Gundersen had even stronger words.

‘The disaster at Fukushima Daiichi will continue for more than 100 years,’ he explained. ‘Other atomic power reactor disasters are bound to occur. Chernobyl and Fukushima Daiichi should have taught everyone around the world that nuclear power is a technology that can destroy the fabric of a society overnight.’

According to him, the remains of the reactor containments at Units 1, 2 and 3 are highly susceptible to damage from another severe earthquake, and any earthquake of 7.0 or higher at the Fukushima site could provoke further severe radiation releases.

Shortly after the meltdowns, Maggie and Arnie Gundersen both spoke about Japan being at a ‘tipping point’: It could respond to the disaster by leading the world in renewable energy while choosing to protect people and the pristine rural environment through sustainable energy economies.

But obviously it didn't work out that way.

‘The world saw Japan as technologically savvy, but instead of moving ahead and creating a new worldwide economy, it continues with an old tired 20th century paradigm of energy production,’ Maggie Gundersen said. ‘Look at the huge success and progress of solar and wind in other countries like Germany, Nicaragua and Denmark. Why not go energy independent, creating a strong economy, producing many more jobs and protecting the environment?’”

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June 17 2017


May 20 2015


Welcome to Japan!

Reposted byanti-nuclearvautee

October 26 2014


Japan approves law to allow dancing past midnight

from ileftmyheartintokyo.tumblr.com (Oct. 26 2014):

Japan’s cabinet has approved a change in the country’s nightlife laws that will allow people to dance past midnight

A 66-year-old law that banned late night dancing in Japan's clubs has been lifted ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Clubbers in Japan will now be able to dance the night away without fear of prosecution, while businesses will be looking to cash in on the changes.

Banning dancing at public venues came about in 1948, when Japan passed a law attempting to stamp out prostitution linked to dance halls.

The police stiffened enforcement of the rule four years ago, however, after a student was killed in a brawl in Osaka, Japan’s second-largest metropolitan area, and worries grew about risks to young people against a backdrop of celebrity drug scandals.

"Visitors from overseas would come here to Japan and they’d wonder why they can’t dance, even though you can dance at night anywhere overseas," said Kenji Kosaka, a member of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and head of an alliance of lawmakers for the promotion of dance culture.

Source: Telegraph UK

Die radioaktive Belastung in Fukushima erreicht dreieinhalb Jahre nach dem schweren Atomunfall neue Höchststände. Und da 2020 in Tokio die Olympischen Sommerspiele stattfinden sollen, bemüht sich die Japanische Regierung deshalb seit Monaten darum, die Situation in Fukushima als völlig kontrolliert darzustellen.Die japanische Hauptstadt liegt nur gute 200 Kilometer vom Katastrophengebiet entfernt.
Fukushima: Rekordstrahlung! Es wird verschwiegen, vertuscht und beschönigt - Olympia 2020 in Tokio (via @anti-nuclear)

June 18 2014

The governor of Fukushima said Tuesday he wants the Olympic torch relay to come to the prefecture ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Games, AP reported. The move would help the world see how far the region has recovered from the nuclear crisis, Yuhei Sato said. He made the proposal when he met with Yoshiro Mori, the former prime minister who heads the Tokyo Olympics organizing committee. Mori, who was visiting Fukushima as part of his tour of northern Japan devastated by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, promised to consider the request after reviewing further details.
Fukushima governor wants 2020 Olympic torch relay to visit region (RT News, Jun. 18 2014)
Reposted byanti-nuclear anti-nuclear

September 17 2013


“この国は「誇り」も何も失って、世界の笑い物にされているが、おカネだけはしっかり握っている。それだけがこの国の為政者の拠り所なんだと思う。世界は、まさに、そのカネを騙し取ろうと虎視眈々と狙っているに過ぎない。東京五輪はその流れで決まったんだろう。そして、TPP で身ぐるみ剝がれる”

— 山川建夫 (via Twitter)

«While this country [Japan] has lost anything, including pride, and is making herself a laughingstock of the world, she stores money securely. I think money is the only thing leaders of this country are depending on. The world is, however, just watching for an opportunity to cheat them of the money. I guess Tokyo was chosen for the Olympics amid this trend; and TPP will rob Japan of everything.»

September 15 2013


Endless Fukushima catastrophe: 2020 Olympics under contamination threat — RT Op-Edge

As the escape of radiation at Fukushima seems virtually unstoppable, there are still steps that governments all over the world should take to prevent worst case consequences. One of them would be canceling the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

Scientific estimates predict that the radioactive plume travelling east across the Pacific will likely hit the shores of Oregon, Washington State and Canada early next year. California will probably be impacted later that year. Because the ongoing flow of water from the reactor site will be virtually impossible to stop, a radioactive plume will continue to migrate across the Pacific affecting Hawaii, North America, South America and eventually Australia for many decades.

We are only talking about ocean currents, however, fish swim thousands of miles and don’t necessarily follow the currents. As noted in Part I, big fish concentrate radiation most efficiently, and tuna have already been caught off the coast of California containing cesium from Fukushima. Seaweed also efficiently concentrates radioactive elements.

As I contemplate the future at Fukushima, it seems that the escape of radiation is virtually unstoppable. The levels of radiation in buildings 1, 2 and 3 are now so high that no human can enter or get close to the molten cores. It will therefore be impossible to remove these cores for hundreds of years if ever. ...


Cancel nuclear Olympics.

from RT op-ed Endless Fukushima catastrophe: 2020 Olympics under contamination threat (by Dr. Helen Caldicott, Sep. 15 2013):

Given these impending problems, how can Japanese Prime Minister Abe possibly say that Tokyo will be safe for the Olympics? He actually said that “there is absolutely no problem” and “the situation is under control.” Does he not understand that parts of Tokyo are already radioactively contaminated and that his government is dumping ashes from the incineration of thousands of tons of radioactive debris from the tsunami and earthquake into Tokyo Bay? Is this what the athletes will be swimming in?

What if there is another major release of radiation before the Olympics? Young fit people who have spent years in rigorous training must, under no circumstances be exposed to radioactive air, food or water. And how can Abe possibly consider spending all that money housing people in expensive accommodation and constructing stadiums etc. when his own people - 160,000 Fukushima refugees - live in shacks and millions still live in highly radioactive zones and when the Fukushima complex is out of control?

Reposted byanti-nuclearverschwoerer

September 13 2013

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Outrage in Japan at French cartoon linking Fukushima disaster to 2020 Olympics (RT News, Sep. 12 2013)

One of the cartoons carried in the [French] satirical newspaper [Le Canard Enchaine] on Wednesday showed two sumo wrestlers with extra legs and arms competing in front of the crippled nuclear plant with a sign reading "Marvelous! Thanks to Fukushima, sumo is now an Olympic sport."

Another cartoon showed people in protective costumes conducting radiation tests by the side of a pool saying "There is already a pool in Fukushima for the Olympics."

"It is inappropriate and gives a wrong impression of the Fukushima contaminated water issue. It is extremely regrettable," the Japanese government spokesman said.

Tokyo won the right to host the 2020 Olympics on Saturday, beating Madrid and Istanbul, despite the issues concerning the level of contamination at the crippled nuclear plant some 230 kilometers north of the capital.

The Japanese Prime minister has reassured the International Olympic Committee that the situation was "under control" and that he would be personally responsible for a plan to cope with the consequences.

According to recent revelations, the tritium level in groundwater near the wrecked plant has soared more than 15 times in just three days, the Fukushima operator Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) admitted on Thursday. In August the operator reported that 300 tons of highly radioactive groundwater was leaking into the Pacific Ocean daily. In a study published in the August edition of journal Deep-Sea Research 1 scientists predicted that the contaminated plume of water will likely reach US coastal waters in early 2014. Meanwhile, South Korean regulators have already banned the import of 50 fishery products from eight Japanese prefectures.

The publishing of the cartoons comes amid rising concerns about the situation at the crippled plant.
Reposted byanti-nuclear anti-nuclear

September 12 2013

September 08 2013


Japanese freelance reporter Ryūsaku Tanaka (田中龍作) tweeted:


Tokyo's been chosen as 2020 Olympic host. Media hype will continue for the coming seven years. Verious problems caused by the nuclear accident, such as contaminated water leak, or health damage resulting from [radiation] exposure, will be hidden; everything inconvenient will be done so, including poverty and karōshi.


September 07 2013


“The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced that Tokyo will host the 2020 summer Olympic Games. The Japanese capital has been competing with Istanbul after Madrid was eliminated in the opening round of IOC voting in Buenos Aires on Saturday.”

Tokyo to host 2020 summer Olympics (RT News, Sep. 7 2013)

It seems to me the IOC made a rather foolish choice. After seven years, how heavily will Tokyo have been contaminated with Fukushima radiation... nobody knows. Athletes should join the games at their own risk.

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