Mitsuhei Murata  Former Japanese Ambassador to Switzerland              Dr. Thomas Bach
                               President of the International Olympic Committee                                        
                               Tokyo, September 4, 2015  

Dear President Thomas Bach,

Please allow me to send you my fifth letter.

As you know, Japan has withdrawn the Emblem of 2020 Olympic Games.I cannot but express my candid feelings on the future of the Tokyo Olympic Games.

It is now undeniable that it is irresponsibility that characterizes the system in charge of the 2020 Olympic Games. No one has assumed responsibility for cancelling the National Stadium, nor for withdrawing the Emblem.

Under such circumstances, it is difficult to trust new commitments needed to realize the 2020 Olympic Games. It would be disastrous if the expectations  should be betrayed again after a lengthy lapse of time spent in anxiety.
The worsening situation in Fukushima could give rise to a massive boycott.
Even the future of the Olympic Games is thus at stake.

I sent a message to Governor Youichi Masuzoe on September 2,conveying to him my thinking that It would be the IOC that would benefit the most from the “honorable retreat” of Japan,and that, if Japan does not take this initiative, the IOC could contemplate on disqualifying Japan for having misled it and seriously damaged the image of the Olympic Games.

Please allow me to count on your understanding and support.

With highest and warmest regards,

Mitsuhei Murata

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