As the Fukushima accident casts a pall over sport, Tokyo has been called the “nuclear games.”
JAPAN has been accused of rashly exploiting the Tokyo Olympics as part of a propaganda campaign to minimize the severity of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011.
Alyn Ware has questioned the wisdom of conducting some events in the city, considering that the cleanup at the facility is still ongoing after more than a decade. Mr. Ware, co-founder of the Global Campaign for Peace Education, will discuss his worries at a webinar this afternoon to coincide with the premiere of Nuclear Games, a new online video that claims nuclear dangers are consistently minimized by governments, including Japan’s.
He had previously written an article for The Nation in which he stated that the Olympics had been inexorably linked to the country’s “nuclear politics.”
Given the proliferation of Covid cases in the Olympic Village, Mr Ware referenced the ongoing debate around the choice to hold the games in the city in the first place, implying that concerns had been largely ignored.
“However, the Olympics’ tone deafness dates back even deeper, to the Fukushima nuclear disaster,” he said.
“In 2019, then-Prime Minister Shinzo Abe designated the Tokyo Olympics the ‘Recovery Games,’ with the goal of ‘showcasing the tsunami-affected regions’ and the 2011 nuclear meltdown, which still poses a hazard today.’
“That’s why some Olympic events are being conducted in Fukushima’s Azuma Stadium, and why Olympic torch runners have been routed through Fukushima prefecture, stopping at ‘places of importance’ near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, according to the official Olympic website.
“It began in late 2019 in J-Village, a former logistics hub for employees working to rehabilitate the damaged reactors that is now a sports facility, where Greenpeace discovered a radioactive hot spot.
“It went through the towns of Okuma and Futaba, where the plant is located, as well as other surrounding towns that had been abandoned since the disaster.”
“This is designed to convey an image of healing and normalcy to the world,” Mr Ware added.
“However, it’s official propaganda, deafening residents’ concerns and oblivious to looming risks. Radioactivity is still leaking from Fukushima Daiichi. Every day, new radiation hot spots and other effects are discovered.”
Mr Ware pointed out that a similar strategy had been adopted earlier, at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.
“The Olympic flame was ignited by Yoshinori Sakai, who was born in Hiroshima on the day the atomic bomb was dropped.
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