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Nuclear Crises

May 26, 2017

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TV: Millions of dead sea creatures wash ashore in Hawaii — Carcasses found along miles of beach — “That should trigger some alarm” — “I don’t know what’s going on over there… I’ve never seen anything like this” (VIDEOS)
Posted: 26 May 2017 04:06 AM PDT

“Emergency Alert”: Fire breaks out at nuclear plant — Officials take action “to avoid a nuclear disaster” — Large amount of smoke reported — Government activates emergency plan
Posted: 25 May 2017 12:08 PM PDT

Emergency at US Nuclear Site: “Unusually high” radiation levels reported

May 22, 2017

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Emergency at US Nuclear Site: “Unusually high” radiation levels reported — Worker: “Everybody’s freaked, shocked, surprised” — Governor: “Alarming incident” — TV: “Major event… Sign the plant is falling apart” (VIDEOS)
Posted: 22 May 2017 04:24 AM PDT

ALERT: Officials warn of more collapses at US nuclear site

May 18, 2017

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ALERT: Officials warn of more collapses at US nuclear site — “High spikes” in radiation levels recorded — Expert: Plutonium could go airborne — Major concern over radioactive releases — Gov’t delays revealing data to public (VIDEOS)
Posted: 18 May 2017 03:56 AM PDT

Alarming situation in Japan

April 21, 2017

Dear Friends,

Conscientious Japanese do not forget the goal described in the Constitution “We desire to occupy an honored place in an international society striving for the preservation of peace.” They are required to stay particularly vigilant to any departure from it, under present circumstances.

The Japanese Government has decided to tolerate the use of Adolf Hitler’s autobiography “Mein Kampf” (“My Struggle”) as teaching material in schools. It is known that this book advocates fascism, racism and extremism.
Earlier, the Government announced its intention to allow equally the use of the Imperial Rescript on Education of 1890.

It has stunned the majority of the Japanese and, to a greater degree, the international community, because it reveals undeniably the move of returning to the prewar militarism.
On April 18, Chinese Foreign Ministry official’s reaction was reported as expected. It is to the effect that fascism and militarism “must be held thoroughly accountable and eradicated” and that Japan must educate its young people with “the right view of history”.

Something seems to be wrong in Japan.
The credibility of the party in power is seriously being damaged by successive scandals in addition to the Moritomo school problem and newly surfacing Kakei school affair, concerning the transfer of national land and the supply of huge grant-in-aid.

Mr.Toshinao Nakagawa has tendered his resignation as Parliamentary vice minister of Economy, Trade and Industry for having had an extramarital affair. We are reminded of recent verbal gaffs by a number of ministers and the presence in the Cabinet of certain incompetent ministers.

A few days ago, a commentator of the Television Asahi expressed his astonishment about the unprecedented resolution of the commission to enable the presence of a director-general of the Ministry of Justice in order to assist the Minister of Justice. Opposition parties are severely criticizing the autocratic management of the parliamentary deliberations.

It is noteworthy that Chairman Natsuo Yamaguchi of Komeito, the coalition partner of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party could not refrain from stating in his recent public speech made a few days ago that the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is “strikingly lacking in a sense of alertness.”

To complicate the situation, the President of the organizing Committee, Yoshiro Mori, has written a book commented in the attached Japanese article.
It seems to be a fierce attack against Governor Koike. President Mori is” fighting against two fears,one is cancer and the other is the blade of Governor Koike”. This will invite a discussion on the “under control” assertion. I have sent to Gonernor Koike the attached message to reiterate my conviction that the retreat from the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 would mark the beginning of a new age awaited by the majority of the Japanese.

Please allow me to count on your understanding and support.

Mitsuhei Murata
Former Ambassador to Switzerland

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4月20日発信小池知事宛メッセージ

Nuclear energy and the sickness of Japan

April 16, 2017

Dear Friends,

The financial support of Tepco for the more than 60 thousand voluntary refugees from Fukushima ended last March.
This has given rise to deep sympathy and sharp criticism as to the irresponsible Japanese nuclear policy
from the standpoint of human rights、humanism and ethics.
Conscientious Japanese will not give up requiring the redressing of the situation.

Some comments so far received;

“Dear Mitsuhei,
so much denial – horrendous. Thank you for sharing this article. May responsibility and common sense prevail!”

“As far as nuclear reactors are concerned,the term”accountability” does not exist in Japan.This is due to the lack of three senses,
the sense of responsibility,that of ethics and that of justice,that is to say, the sickness of Japan.

In the internet,the lack of ethics as regards the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 is being revealed at its deep roots.Heaven’s vengeance is slow but sure (Lao Tsu).

The warning that “the fate of the world will be decided by electric countries (sic., companies’?)”is finally bringing about countermeasures;an international move to enact legislation against producing radioactivity and a new move against radioactive pollution in Japan.

It is evident that crisis management is now needed to cope with the eventual retreat from the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020, in view of the impact beyond imagination it could cause.

Fukushima could never be hidden or forgotten.
Yesterday, I sent a message to this effect to Chairman Shuichi Tanaka of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Please allow me to count on your understanding and support.

Mitsuhei Murata
Fomer Ambassador to Switzerland

“Most catastrophic fisheries collapse in history” expected along West Coast

March 31, 2017

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“Most catastrophic fisheries collapse in history” expected along West Coast — Official: “This is a nightmare, I have never in my life dreamed that it could get this bad” — Threat of “coast-wide fishing failure” (VIDEO)

Posted: 30 Mar 2017 09:43 AM PDT

New radiation spikes detected in multiple countries

March 30, 2017

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New radiation spikes detected in multiple countries — Mystery deepens as officials work to triangulate source — Nuclear Expert: “It is serious… likely means a continuing release still going on”
Posted: 29 Mar 2017 05:53 AM PDT

TV: Explosion hits US nuclear plant — Officials declare emergency alert

March 23, 2017

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TV: Explosion hits US nuclear plant — Officials declare emergency alert — “Fire shuts down reactor” — Gov’t conducting special investigation, possible “serious safety consequences” — “Atmospheric steam dumps” required (VIDEO)
Posted: 23 Mar 2017 04:40 AM PDT

All forms of ocean life dying in stunning numbers across Pacific

March 20, 2017

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Report: Hundreds of millions of Pacific salmon missing, presumed dead — Gov’t issues emergency order along US West Coast — Japan suffering historic collapse, fish starving to death — All forms of ocean life dying in stunning numbers across Pacific
Posted: 19 Mar 2017 12:40 PM PDT

Message addressed to President Thomas Bach of the IOC

March 13, 2017

Dear Friends,

Conscientious Japanese citizens are bewildered by the widening gap between the ongoing Olympic preparations
and the increasing report regarding the deepening of the Fukushima crisis.The Moritomo School scandal continues to draw nation-wide
attention,reminding us of its similarity with the total breach of the initial commitments by the Tokyo Olympics.
Six years after the 3/11 Fukushima accident,the policy of returning refugees to their home towns based on the 20 milisieverts ICRP standard.
Last week,Japanese television TBS interviewed its vice chairman Jacques Rochard who expressed his surprise that this standard,destined to emergency,
should not have been lowered as initially recommended.It is urgently needed to correct the current policy.
The foregoing is fully supported by the following two articles.

http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/02/20/fukushima-a-lurking-global-catastrophe/
https://limitlesslife.wordpress.com/2017/03/12/remembering-6th-anniversary-of-fukushima-march-11-2017/

We are being reminded of Chinese ancient Lao Tsu’s famous saying “Heaven’s venfeance is slow,but sure”.
This is the will of heavens and the earth that is to say,the law of history researched by philosophy.
It does not allow immorality to last long.

Please allow me to count on your support.

With warmest regards,
Mitsuhei Murata
Former Ambassador to Switzerland