Contested decision to release contaminated water into the sea
I am informing you of an important development as regards the Fukushima contaminated water.
The Ministry of Economy and Industry has accepted to have Dr. Takumi Kudo come and meet the responsible official to explain his new proposal on February 20. I am asked to attend the meeting.
I will remain in contact.
With warmest regards,
Sent: Thursday, February 06, 2020 12:45 PM
We are already witnessing strong reactions both at home and abroad, against
the approaching decision to release contaminated water into the sea.
On Februay 4,Governor Ooigawa Kazuhiko of Ibaragi Prefecture expressed his
strong reserve as regards the decision.
I am attaching my message addressed yesterday to Prime Minister Abe,asking him to study a new timely proposal of Dr.Takumi Eguchi, a renowned expert of underground development and one of my close collaborators.
When the Chernobyl Accident happened, he was asked the next day by the Soviet Government to stop the flowing of radioactive water into a nearby river,which he did with success.
He contacted me yesterday and made the following points.
1. More than 1000 tanks containing Fukushima contaminated water are menaced by approaching earthquakes,because the underground where they are placed is so fragile.
The tower crane used in the operation of removing fuel rods from the unit 4 reactor needed as many as 200 anckers.
2. I am proposing to remove, for a certain period of time, all tanks and belongings to the vast subterranean passage of the Yakuki Mine of the Nittetsu Mining Company situated a few kilometers away from the site.
I pointed out in my message to PM Abe that Dr. Eguchi’s proposal enable us to gain time needed to find scientific solutions.
Please allow me to count on your understanding and support.
Former Japanese Ambassador to Switzerland