After a gold medal performance by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the International Olympic Committee awarded the 2020 Olympic Summer Games to Tokyo Saturday. Fresh off of the G20 Summit in Russia, Abe gave a glowing assessment of the deteriorating situation at Fukushima Dai-ichi.
“Let me assure you the situation is under control,” Abe said during his country’s final presentation to the IOC. “It has never done and will never do any damage to Tokyo.”
Apparently forgetting that his government was forced to take control of the deepening disaster just days ago, Abe embarked a series of misleading statements that may set the record for the official and scientific hooey heard worldwide trying to explain away Fukushima’s triple meltdowns which began March 11, 2011.
“I really feel like using expletives regarding these outright outrageous lies, but I shall refrain,” commented Charles Haws of Three Rivers California soon after the announcement was made. “The story was also on the NBC Nightly News tonight. So, once again, the sleeping masses in the USA are going to believe that the Nuclear Plant in Japan is AOK. IMO – There is a distinct possibility that Tokyo will be a ghost town by 2020.”
The disconnect presented by Abe is part of a massively successful effort to cover up the astronomical amounts of radiation spewed into the air and water for the last two and a half years. The food chain has been impacted, no more so than in Japan as Radiation Food Lab shows.
Japan and Tokyo are not only massively contaminated, the Tokyo Electric and Power Company (TEPCO) which owns Fukushima Dai-ichi can’t even tell where the tons of melted corium blobs are located and have no clear plan to control the calamity. Add to that continuing and accelerating amount of fissile material spreading throughout Japan is the country’s government initiative to burn over a million tons of radioactive debris from Fukushima in incinerators running the length and breadth of the country.
To stage these Olympics in a land teetering on the brink of final catastrophe is not only outrageous and ignorant, it exposes athletes from all over the world to a rainbow of fissile radionuclides. Athletes with any sense, or the parents of them, need only read about Fukushima to know that the goal in 2020 is not to be in the fugazi Olympics but to be as far away from the place as possible. That the IOC would pull a stunt like this is, however, par for the course with an organization riven for decades with allegations of corruption.
For the first time in Olympic history, the games should be boycotted by both participants and spectators not because of any political issue, but because the place is just too damn hot radioactively. The levels of radioactive contamination are beyond belief. In Tokyo, there have been instances of a mysterious, and highly radioactive black substance growing around the city. Numerous YouTube videos show shocking detections of Tokyo radioactivity including hot trains to the airport.
You wouldn’t know any of this, though, listening to the impassioned hogwash of the Japanese leader.
“You should read past the headlines and look at the facts,” Abe said chiding a veteran Norwegian IOC associate when pressed on Fukushima which is on the verge of sinking into a sea of its own contaminated groundwater. “It poses no problem whatsoever,” Abe said in Japanese, adding that “[T]he contaminated water has been contained in an area of the harbor only 0.3 square kilometers big. There have been no health problems and nor will there be. I will be taking responsibility for all the programs with regard to the plant and the leaks.”
Now the world can join in Japan’s national duty to deny that Fukushima is very close to its second worst phase of the disaster: the ‘lost’ corium of three reactors wreaking havoc with the groundwater which is rising threatening to topple Unit 4’s spent fuel pool. That would surely destroy Tokyo as EnviroReporter.com reported in The Unforgettable Fire in June 2012.
Abe’s factual inconsistencies didn’t prevent the IOC from immunizing themselves with the prime minister’s nonsense and vote Tokyo as the winner instead of Istanbul or Madrid. Cheers erupted at the announcement, a sentiment echoed in the New York Times’ ironically-titled piece on the decision called “For 2020 Olympics, I.O.C. Picks Tokyo, Considered Safe Choice.”
“Japan offers a $4.5 billion guaranteed reserve fund, plenty of hotel rooms for visitors and a dependable transportation system,” the sports section article noted. “The selection of Tokyo, conducted in a secret ballot by about 100 I.O.C. members gathered here, was also seen as a chance to help a willing and sturdy Olympic partner recover from the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami.”
The award was to make the Japanese feel better? Forget the fact that Fukushima is the worst nuclear disaster in history and just 170 miles from Tokyo the capital city and largest metropolitan in the world. There is ample evidence of radiation contamination. Or that nuclear engineer Arnie Gundersen of Fairewinds Energy Education found that all five Tokyo soil samples he collected were so hot as to be considered nuclear waste in the United States.
“[W]hen I was in Tokyo, I took some samples,” Gundersen testified before the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission in March 2012. “Now, I did not look for the highest radiation spot. I just went around with five plastic bags and when I found an area, I just scooped up some dirt and put it in a bag. One of those samples was from a crack in the sidewalk. Another one of those samples was from a children’s playground that had been previously decontaminated. Another sample had come from some moss on the side of the road. Another sample came from the roof of an office building that I was at. And the last sample was right across the street from the main judicial center in downtown Tokyo. I brought those samples back, declared them through Customs, and sent them to the lab. And the lab determined that ALL of them would be qualified as radioactive waste here in the United States and would have to be shipped to Texas to be disposed of.”
If the purpose of awarding such games to Tokyo is to be based on emotion and not science, then perhaps the 2020 Tokyo Olympics ought to include ways to make Fukushima’s escaped fission more fun. Atomic Anime could be used to sell sports events. One EnviroReporter.com colleague came up with an impressive list of competitions that confirm that “goo” is indeed three quarters of the word “good”:
The Hundred Millisievert Dash
The 400 Tumor Relay
The Malignant Marathon
Plutonium Power Lifting
TEPCO Groundwater Swimming Events
The Fuel Rod Javelin Throw
The Becquerel Boxing Competition
Spent Fuel Pool Volleyball
The above attempts at gallows humor are not meant to be hurtful in any way to the Japanese people. Their government has betrayed them. When athletes, and their fans, from around the world have their 2020 Olympic dreams crushed by the ongoing and oncoming radioactive apocalypse that is Fukushima, the Land of the Rising Radiation will have only itself to blame.
Japan should concentrate on saving itself, and the rest of the countries downwind and down current of it, instead of promoting this dangerous puffery. If Japan had any of the honor that it claims to, it would bow out as gracefully as it can and get back to the business of trying to stave off the horrors of a triple meltdown with spent fuel pools threatened with destruction and huge radiation releases that would annihilate Tokyo. Saving Japan is more important than false pride and the Olympics.
If it won’t, the Olympic community should take a pass on these games because the only metals that will be really given out will be plutonium, uranium and cesium. Athletes can console themselves by knowing they at least escaped with their lives.
“Today, under the blue sky of Fukushima,” waxed Abe Saturday at the IOC, “there are young boys playing football and looking into the future and not the past.”
Abe is not alone in his denial. Other countries including the United States refuse to acknowledge the extent of the Fukushima disaster. In fact, by awarding Tokyo the 2020 Olympic games, the IOC has instead rewarded the Japanese government even as its nuclear nightmare continues to threaten us all.