Tokyo’s Radiation Olympics

Tokyo's Radiation OlympicsAfter 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

MOX Boxing

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.

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  1. Chase says:

    @John Smith

    Your comment lacks in insight.

    Most here are not exaggerating anything.

    We are aware and knowledgeable of radiation, internal and external, and it’s affects on humans and all ‘life’.

    The 3 out of control meltdowns at Fukushima on the coast of the Pacific ocean has little to no comparison to Chernobyl or TMI after 3 years of nonstop contamination into our air and water.

    Your comparison to the Moon exploding is ludicrous.

    Although there were studies done by the US government about using a Nuke to blow up on the moon.

    “…the flash of explosive light would have been faintly visible to people on earth with their naked eye, a show of force resulting in a possible boosting of domestic morale in the capabilities of the United States, a boost that was needed after the Soviet Union took an early lead in the Space Race and who were also working on a similar project.”

    See:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_A119

  2. John Smith says:

    Some parts of the article and some of you commenters are extremely exaggerating the radiation threat. Most computers, electronic technology, and even the human body have microscopic amounts of radiation in it. Futhermore, if you commenters are so afraid of radiation disasters then why are none of you panicking about Three Mile Island or Chernobyl? If people follow your logic about radiation disasters, then you might as well say that if the moon somehow exploded, then all of the planets in the solar system would be destroyed by the debris…

  3. terri says:

    ironic Japan will spend billions building for the olympics instead of funneling that money to the clean up at FUKU….oh well it is too late now anyway – the pacific and all of the creatures that call it home is dead….anyone seen the liquid coriums lately? we are a pathetic race indeed

  4. Susan Goode says:

    We didn’t even have to wait until 2020 to see that Enviroreporter called it right with this really good article:

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1329729/elevated-radiation-claimed-tokyo-2020-olympic-venues

    If it’s okay, and it is according to Fair Use, here are a couple of trenchant clips which, I might add considering the dearth of American lamestream media coverage of this travesty, comes from an excellent Chinese news source.

    Headline: “Elevated radiation claimed at Tokyo 2020 Olympic venues – Citizens’ group carries out tests at sites for key Tokyo Games facilities, but expert cautious about findings and organisers see no problem”

    Clips: “Measurements were taken at 39 sporting venues that have been earmarked to stage events in seven years’ time, including the Kasumigaseki Country Club, which will host the golf tournament, the Asaka shooting range and the site of the planned National Stadium, which will stage the opening and closing ceremonies and a number of other events.

    “The tests were also carried out at the planned site of the Olympic Village and the media centre, with the highest radiation reading – 0.484 microsieverts per hour – detected in undergrowth close to Yumenoshima Stadium, where the equestrian events will be held.

    “Soil samples collected at the site had 3,040 becquerels of caesium per kilogram.”

    &

    “”We found caesium-137 at almost every place we carried out tests, and there was no caesium here before the accident at Fukushima,” Mitsuo Tanaka, a member of the group, told the South China Morning Post.

    “In July, the group wrote to Jacques Rogge, the then president of the International Olympic Committee, and members of its evaluation committee and urged them not to select Tokyo as the host of the 2020 Games.

    “Tanaka’s group received a brief e-mail message to confirm that their letter had been received by the IOC.”

    Thank you, Enviroreporter!

  5. @pamela brennan & All: Thank you so much for the kind words. We try to mix in a little gallows humor to lighten the load a bit since the subject is so grim and tough to fathom. But it looks like EnviroReporter wasn’t alone in finding fission folly in the awarding of the 2020 Summer Olympics to Tokyo. This Japanese blog has collected some of the best art generated reacting to the dicey decision including ours.

    http://matome.naver.jp/odai/2137890782942348601

  6. pamela brennan says:

    Congratulations Michael, on such an in depth and intelligent article on the 2020 Japan
    Olympics. Very interesting and FUNNY!… I also enjoy reading all the comments. Thank you for being among the few who are so dedicated to exposing the truth.

  7. Susan Hoch says:

    Thank you for speaking out, Michael and showing the world the insanity of having the Olympics in Tokyo. Tokyo is already contaminated from the Fukushima fallout. We have no idea how much worse it will be by 2020.

    The Fukushima catastrophe is the biggest present threat to humanity. At the very least Fukushima threatens the whole of the Northern Hemisphere. Indications are that the contamination will eventually get to the Southern Hemisphere as well.

    The spirit of the Olympics is a good one, It shows that nations can play together. But there is no time to play right now.

    The Japanese people need to put ALL their attention, energy and money into getting the Fukushima disaster under control.

    And we just can’t sit by and say that “they” (the Japanese) need to do something – it is also “we” – each of us – you (who are reading this comment) – your neighbour – me,….. everyone can be part of the solution.

    I encourage you to sign up for the free – online Webnar that Julian Gresser will be giving in September. It will help us become empowered to know that we can help.

    http://www.opednews.com/articles/3/Fukushima-Consensus-Tranc-by-Julian-Gresser-Es-130807-253.html

    Japan needs to invite the world – but not to play – they need ito nvite the world to WORK together to get this never-seen-before-in-the-history-of-mankind problem solved. All the nations of the world need to forgo the games and focus on working together to come up with a way to save the planet from this scourge that is the ongoing fissioning at Fukushima.

  8. Chase says:

    The phrase “honest Abe” has lost it’s meaning or will come to mean the reverse.

    PM Abe is not the only leader who spews deadly lies.

    A President Obama retrospective regarding Fukushima radiation.

    Associated Press
    – Uploaded on Mar 17, 2011

    “I want to be very clear.” – Pres. Obama

    “In the wake of Japanese nuclear crisis, …U.S. officials do not expect harmful levels of radiation to reach the West Coast of the continental U.S., Hawaii or Alaska.”
    – Pres. Obama

    A casual observer can tell by his body language he’s not telling the truth or he doesn’t really believe what he’s reading. It’s like when somebody says ‘trust me’ … don’t do it.

    Here’s the proof!
    TV Special Report:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zp7aDJLUf-U

    I’ll bet he will say the same thing the next time he speaks about Fukushima. If he says anything at all. ;)

  9. doc holiday says:

    Diagnosis: Fukushima Denial Syndrome the gift that keeps on giving…brought to you by the Military Industrial Complex who fund both sides and their sponsored association of unethical sidekicks the IAEA…thankyou MC …dh

  10. K_lalia says:

    I’m really really worried about it. But especially , now i’m in British for studying, I have never heard about this kind of news since i came here. Guys. It’s catastrophe!! We have to make ready about this problem! It’s present continue!!!!!

  11. Harv says:

    Japan winning the Olympics is good. The world in general will start looking at this situation with renewed interest as travelers start wondering about their personal safety if they attend as athletes or fans. Many foreign travelers will not be going. Some countries will eventually decline the invitation. Japan will be forced to turn to other countries for more help to bring this situation under control–if that is even possible.

  12. Will The 2020 Olympics In Tokyo Japan Endanger Health Of Athletes With Low Level Fukushima Radiation? via @AGreenRoad
    http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2013/09/will-2020-olympics-in-tokyo-japan.html

  13. Another Simi Mom says:

    Abe = Emperor Nero

    Fiddling while Rome burns

  14. fatal says:

    Thanks Michael for speaking out–what is also very scary is the lack of information about the effects to the entire Pacific and west coast of North America-the internet used to be about the free flow of scientific information to better the planet–I guess those who don’t want us to know have diverted up that fountain of knowledge from coming to the surface–that hideous babble of confusion released by Bloomberg and being echoed throughout the media is almost nauseating to read–first it tries to confuse and overwhelm the illiterate masses with babble about radiation in bananas and brazil nuts and then ends up on Mercury–if I wasn’t afraid before I read that I was absolutely horrified after.

  15. Margery Brown says:

    Michael,
    I want you to know that I actually love, love, love this article, which I am profoundly grateful that you have written! I have literally been beside myself over the fact that our TV stations and major newspapers have hardly had a word to say about the nuclear crisis in Fukushima until just last week, when a daily commentator on channel 4 actually gave us one sentence about it. One! Why have our news outlets been silent? How can they possibly have an acceptable and credible reason for keeping silent about what should be a headline story? Just how often do they all stumble over an event that could transform the whole world as we know it? UNBELIEVABLE !!!!!
    For that matter, our media may not be any worse than the Japanese government who have also, successfully, continued to lie and deny any nuclear harm to their country…and, who have gotten away with it well enough to be chosen to host the Olympics in 2020, in Tokyo. INCREDIBLE!
    Tokyo…..lets hope there still is a Tokyo by 2015! At the moment, it is still there, but much too radioactively contaminated to live in now, and, if Fukushima reactor #4
    topples over in another large earthquake, Tokyo will probably need to be evacuated of its 30.5 million residents.
    And, where, oh where are those coriums from reactors # 1, 2 and 3? And, how many more tons of irradiated water are still remaining to pour out from the reactors and those cheaply made storage tanks?
    Without going into any more horrifying detail, suffice to say that choosing Tokyo for the Olympics is like planning to eat a sugary frosting on a rotten cake. It is absolutely impossible and poisonous, no matter how you try to slice it!
    The Olympics? We should ALL be praying that the people in the world just get a chance to LIVE!

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