Tokyo, July 24, 2016
Dear Ambassador Caroline Kennedy,
A reliable expert working at the F1 telephoned me yesterday that Tepco
had contacted the N.R.A.to admit that the sole national project to
build a frozen underground wall costing 345 million yen could not be
This is what most experts had predicted. The Tokyo Olympic Games 2020
whose estimated expenses surpasses 2~3 trillion yen regrettably proves
that Japan is not making maximum efforts to cope with the unstoppable
Fukushima disaster. The project only reduced by 100 tons the daily
release of 400 tons of contaminated water into the sea.
More than 1000 tanks contain nearly 900.000 tons of contaminated water
at the site. The release of radiation from the F1 continues, widening
the scope of radioactive contamination.
He also informed me of a visit to the NHK paid by a member of the
Chinese Embassy in Japan, accompanied by some Chinese journalists to
obtain the latest information on Fukushima. The international community
is increasingly concerned about the 600 tons of debris of fuel rods at
the F1 whose whereabouts is totally unknown. Nobody can tell what could
happen hererafter in Fukushima.
The Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 is being prepared under such
circumstances！It can hardly be understood by conscientious citizens
worldwide. The future of the Olympic Games is now at stake.
Managing Director of International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde,
has suggested Greece to permanently host the Olympic Games. The return
to amateurism is already asserted in some quarters.
It seems opportune to take up this issue on a global scale.
“Olympism seeks to create a way of life based on the joy found in
effort, the educational value of a good example and respect for
universal fundamental ethical principles”.( Pierre de Coubertin)
Under the current increasingly chaotic situation, the importance of
ethics is keenly felt. I wish to reiterate my ardent hope for President
Obama’s initiative to hold a UN Ethics Summit. In view of his tenure of
office, the general assembly meeting of the U.N. taking place next
September would be the last occasion for it.
Please allow me to count on your understanding and your precious support.
With highest and warmest regards,
Former Japanese Ambassador to Switzerland