**“Honorable retreat from Tokyo Olympics” – Ambassador Murata, Nuclear Hotseat #234

Nuclear Hotseat’s host Libbe HaLevy interviews former Japanese diplomat to Switzerland Ambassador Mitsuhei Murata, who has been warning Japan of the dangers of nuclear energy since the 1986 Chernobyl meltdown. Murata has been advocating for Tokyo’s honorable retreat from hosting the 2020 Olympics since Tokyo won the bid in September 2013. During the bid selection, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe claimed that the situation at Fukushima No. 1 was completely in control, a lie that is far from the truth. Murata retorts, Fukushima is completely out of control and still worsening. He bases his advocacy for Tokyo’s immediate retreat on moral grounds and, furthermore, adds that Japan’s export of nuclear technologies to India and elsewhere is completely unethical. Murata says that Tokyo needs to retreat now in order to awaken the world about Fukushima’s ongoing disaster.

Later in the interview, Murata states his concern for children living in Fukushima Prefecture, who are being exposed to a maximum radiation dose of 20 millisieverts (mSv) annually. Before the Fukushima meltdowns, Japan’s annual limit was 1 mSv per year, and the government increased its exposure limit to 20 mSv. To put things into perspective, the maximum annual limit for Ukrainians living near Chernobyl is 10 mSv. Murata forebodes a mass exodus of mothers living in Fukushima Prefecture next spring.

Murata’s interview starts at 18:00. Listen here.

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