Murata wrote to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, “It is no exaggeration to say that the fate of Japan and the whole world depends on No. 4 reactor.”
Senator Ron Wyden from Oregon, a senior member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources who is highly experienced with nuclear waste storage issues, visited Fukushima in April 2012. When he returned he stated that the situation is “worse than reported,” with “spent fuel rods currently being stored in unsound structures.”
Senator Wyden warned that the Fukushima spent fuel was a U.S. national security issue because radiation caused by the pool failure “could reach the West Coast within days.”
Wyden sent letters to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko and Japanese Ambassador to the U.S. Ichiro Fujisaki. He appealed to everyone to work together and with the international community to address this situation as swiftly as possible.
Wyden reaffirmed that “The precarious status of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear units…… should be of concern to all and a focus of greater international support and assistance.”
On April 30, 2012 seventy-two Japanese NGO organizations lead by Shut Tomari and Green Action Japan send an urgent request to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda urging immediate action to stabilize the Fukushima Daiichi Unit 4 spent nuclear fuel. The letter was endorsed by experts from Japan and abroad.
The letter urged the United Nations to organize a Nuclear Safety Summit to take up the crucial problem of the Fukushima Daiichi Unit 4 spent nuclear fuel pool. The letter stated that the United Nations should establish an independent assessment team on Fukushima Daiichi Unit 4 and coordinate international assistance in order to stabilize the unit’s spent nuclear fuel and prevent radiological consequences with potentially catastrophic results.
Kaori Izumi of Shut Tomari stated, “Fukushima Daiichi is no longer a Japanese issue but is an international issue. It is imperative for the Japanese government and the international community to work together on this crisis before it becomes too late.”
On May 10, 2012 The Nuclear Information Resource Service started a petition to U.S. President Obama urging him to “Act now to prevent a second Fukushima disaster”
The petition points out that the situation at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear site remains perilous and that the area has been hit with hundreds of earthquakes since March 11, 2011.
NIRS is urging President Obama to support UN intervention but also not to wait for the UN to act but to “forcefully begin providing substantive assistance, technical capability, skilled personnel and financial resources now.”
It further points out that “the U.S. has the capability to respond to this crisis immediately, to shore up the pool and to begin moving this fuel from the pool in 2012.”
Avaaz.org is calling for a “global wave of public pressure to the UN to force the (Japanese) government to work with the experts to curb this lethal threat that would dwarf last year’s disaster.” This petition is addressed to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Japan’s Prime Minister Noda with a plea to “Stop the Next Nuclear Disaster.” Avaaz says it’s time for urgent international action and is calling on global citizens to urge Ki-moon to send an independent team of international experts to assess the dangerous situation at Unit 4.
The Pacific Nuclear Awareness Group in Vancouver British Columbia sent a petition to the Canadian government that was read out to the Members of Parliament today. This petition asks the government to urge Ban Ki-moon and Noda to organize the Nuclear Safety Summit to take up the crucial problem of Unit 4 and to establish an Independent Assessment Team on Unit 4.
As well, the petition asks the Canadian government to participate in both the Summit and the Assessment Team. This group has also created a petition for Canadian citizens to sign.
They are encouraging everyone to sign all the petitions and “not participate in our own destruction because we are too busy with other things to take action.”
Nevertheless, with all the petitions and letter writing going on, the risk at Reactor 4 still remains. The building is still crumbling. Four hundred and sixty tons of fuel rods remain on the roof exposed to the atmosphere. A 7.0 earthquake can still hit any day.
So far the United Nations has not responded to the petitions sent to them. President Obama has not taken action based on the petition he received. Prime Minister Noda has clearly ignored the petitions sent his way. And to add an additional problem to the mix, even if the United Nations, Canada and the United States decide to act and work together to help Japan, it is not clear that the Japanese will accept assistance.
On May 27, 2012, Akio Komori, a TEPCO executive, rejected growing calls to let outside experts inspect the plant. The Japanese government is doing everything it can to try to convince the world that they can handle the job and that this crumbling building that used to be Reactor 4 is safe.
The nuclear industry/Japanese government doesn’t appear to care if they are destroying the planet and hastening the slow painful death of millions of human beings. They don’t appear to care that not enough is being done to protect people’s health and security in Japan or over here in North America.
They weren’t willing to spend the money to build a concrete sarcophagus over Reactor 4 to protect the world from the 460 tons of radioactive fuel ready to destroy Japan and the northern hemisphere at the next big earthquake – because it would have been too expensive. They aren’t willing to spend the amount of money it would take to pay thousands of additional workers to speed up their plan of removing the fuel rods.
A conscious boycott of imported Japanese goods produced by large corporations would send a powerful message of protest. People have power. The economic power of the people can strongly influence the Japanese government.
In 2010, Japan exported to the world, goods with a total value of $765.2 billion U.S. Canada imports about $12 billion worth of goods from Japan every year. The United States imports over $148 billion worth. The biggest imports are motor vehicles and car parts followed by industrial machinery, computer and video equipment, electronic items, semi-conductors, construction machinery, motorcycles, rubber, iron, steel, aircraft parts, plastics, toys, games and sport equipment and foodstuffs such as seaweed, rice and green tea.