Dear Friends,
Symptoms of change in Japan are surfacing.
The new Governor of Tokyo,Yuriko Koike,is vigorously tackling with indispensable reforms.
The budget of the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 ranks the first.Its extravagance is being criticized by the public and its background is being researched.
The NHK, sole public broadcaster,surprised the public when its 7 commentators severely criticized the nuclear policy of Japan in its program of 26 August.Among their assertions, I was particularly impressed by the following 2 points.
1.We should so revise the currrent system that leaves unclear where lies the responsibility in case of nuclear accidents. The state should assume full responsibility.
2.The fast breeder reactor Monju and the Rokkasho-village reprocessing plant shoud be closed.
These assertions have allowed me to send out a message reminding that the worst case of the Rokkasho-village reprocessing plant could bring about the disastrous conseuences,equivalent to those of 1000 nuclear reactors.We should not forget the "Power Failure of Cherbourg of 1980 at La Hague reprocessing plant"that could have caused a global disaster beyond imagination.
In addition to the foregoing, the Former Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi is powerfully reminding the world of the tragic consequences radiation emanating from Fukushima is causing worldwide.He held a press conference at the Foreign Correspondents' Club on 7 September 2016.
Former Prime Minister Koizumi’s confirmation that “under control is a lie” will bring about its logical consequence,that is to say,the cancellation of the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020.
The IOC could no longer ignore the increasing demands of the civil society to reassure the safety of the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020.
Please allow me to count on your understanding and support.
With warmest rgards,
Mitsuhei Murata
(Former Japanese Ambassador to Switzerland)

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