Message 2016.5.5
Dear Friends,
On 1st May, I received a phone call from an outstanding nuclear expert working at the Fukushima Daiichi. He told me that a number of foreign journalists asked him recently why the Japanese Government allows the restarted Sendai nuclear reactors to continue their operations despite the unceasing earthquakes and why mass media do not take up this critical issue. He himself wonders why and he said he could only reply he didn’t know. He expressed his serious fear that the containment vessels will be destroyed if an earthquake with a vertical shock of 400~500 Gal takes place at the site, causing pipes ruptures. He added that he was proposing the competent authorities to reduce the generating power by 60%, if the temporary ceasing of operations is not possible. He asked for my support.
Having felt the serious sense of crisis of the expert, I immediately sent a message to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, informing him of the contents of the telephone call. I reminded him of my message addressed to him of 1 March, 2016 in which I pointed out that the international community was increasingly critical of Japan for damaging the global environment by radioactive contamination, reiterating my warning that the destiny of the world is dependent on electric companies if the lessons of Fukushima are forgotten. I concluded the message by stressing that the crisis confronting Japan is not that of the management of electric companies, but that of Japan as a nation. I asked for his rapid decision to halt the operations of the Sendai reactors.
In this message , I referred to former Prime Minister Koizumi’s visit to the States and its probable global impact and to the Ise-shima Summit that could not but unofficially take up the Sendai reactors issue.
The crisis confronting Japan calls for global attention.
Please allow me to count on your understanding and support.
With warmest regards,
Mitsuhei Murata

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