Tokyo, 6 August, 2016

Your Holiness Pope Francis,

Please allow me to express my profound respect as regards your
incessant determined endeavors to heal the ailing world.

The main stream of the world allowing the existence of 440 nuclear reactors, has increasingly been required to change course. The Brexit has sown a seed for this change. Symptoms of this change already seem to be surfacing.

The decision of the new British government to postpone a deal on  Hinkley Point C nuclear power station, to be built by France with major Chinese investment, has shocked both of those countries. Prime Minister Theresa May had nominated eight female ministers and this has led me to expect the effects of maternal culture. The new decision is, as the New York Times writes, a potentially major step away from the policies of former Prime Minister David Cameron. Moreover, it could lead to accelerating the so-called meltdown of the nuclear industry.

The role of women is visibly increasing worldwide as foreseen. This hightens the hope for the shift of the current paternal civilization based on power to a maternal based on harmony.

The Japanese Government continues to remain quite reserved in coping with Fukushima, as is shown by the recently announced stimulus package amounting to 28.1 trillion yen to boost the Japanese economy. Fukushima is not mentioned at all. No funding for international cooperation is envisaged.

Tepco has recently admitted the failure of the sole national project of constructing a frozen wall to prevent the release of contaminated water at Fukushima Daiichi. This denies the infamous “under control” assertion. Japan’s retreat from the Tokyo Olympics 2020 could now be realistically envisaged. 

The State of Nuclear Emergency Declaration promulgated on 11 March 2011 remains valid. It verges on lunacy to hold the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games under such circumstances.

The supporters for retreating from the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games in favor of Fukushima and Kumamoto are notably increasing.

Under the current increasingly chaotic situation, the importance of ethics is keenly felt. I wish to reiterate my ardent hope for a UN Ethics Summit. The general assembly meeting of the U.N. taking place next September would be the appropriate occasion for it. I am pinning hopes on the initiative of President Obama in
this regard.

Please allow me to count on your understanding and support.

With highest and warmest regards,

Mitsuhei Murata
Former Japanese Ambassador to Switzerland


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