The Honorable Ban Ki-Moon
Secretary–General of the United Nations Organization
New York City, NY.
Tokyo, March 25, 2012
Honorable Ban Ki-moon,
I wish to express my heartfelt gratitude for your considerate letter
dated 2 March, 2012. Your moral support for a United Nations Ethics
Summit will remain a constant source of encouragement for my activities.
Please allow me to pay a tribute to your great contribution to
strengthen nuclear safety and security. The current Nuclear Summit in
Seoul is no doubt greatly benefiting from the high-level meeting you
convened last September.
I was asked to make a statement at the public hearing of the Budgetary
Committee of the House of Councilors on March 23. I raised the crucial
problem. of N0.4 reactor of Fukushima containing1535 fuel rods. It
could be fatally damaged by continuing aftershocks. Moreover, 50 meters
away from it exists a common cooling pool for 6 reactors containing
6375 fuel rods !
It is no exaggeration to say that the fate of Japan and the whole world
depends on NO.4 reactor. This is confirmed by most reliable experts
like Dr.Arnie Gundersen or Dr.Fumiaki Koide.
Please allow me to inform you of an initiative being taken by a former
UN official who is endeavoring to have the Nuclear Security Summit take
up the crucial problem. of N0.4 reactor of Fukushima. He is pursuing
the establishment of”an independent
assessment team. I think his efforts are very significant ,because it
is indispensable to draw the attention of world leaders to this vital
I am cooperating with him, writing to some of my Korean acquaintances
that this issue deserves the personal attention of President Lee
Myung-bak. I have written today to Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda. I
asked him to consider taking the initiative of mobilizing human wisdom
on the widest scope to cope with the Fukushima reactor No.4 problem,
fully taking into account the above-mentioned “independent assessment
The world has been made so fragile and vulnerable. The role of the United Nations is increasingly vital.
I wish you the best of luck in your noble mission.
Please accept, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the assurances of my highest consideration.
Former Japanese Ambassador to Switzerland and Senegal
Executive Director, the Japan Society for Global System