Japan Times: Talk of Olympics being taken away from Tokyo if problems at Fukushima worsen over next couple of years

Published: September 12th, 2013 at 1:12 pm ET


Title: Kansai not overly enthusiastic about Tokyo landing Olympics
Source: The Japan Times
Author: Eric Johnston
Date: Sept. 11, 2013

While pleased the Olympics are returning to Japan, the level of public and media enthusiasm in Osaka and the rest of Kansai is far less than what has been seen in Tokyo.

Like critics elsewhere, there is much concern in Kansai over the water leaks plaguing the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. There has even been local speculation that the International Olympic Committee might be forced to consider taking the games away from Tokyo if the problems at Fukushima worsen over the next couple of years. […]

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Published: September 12th, 2013 at 1:12 pm ET


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57 comments to Japan Times: Talk of Olympics being taken away from Tokyo if problems at Fukushima worsen over next couple of years

  • weeman

    Should never been awarded to Japan in first place and I am putting $250.00 at the bookies, that it will be cancelled, easy money.

  • They won't take the Olympics away unless there is a spent fuel pool fire. Hope and pray they keep the Olympics.

    • We Not They Finally

      How do you know that there has not already been? We actually have NO explanation for the exponentially higher rad readings since earlier in the summer. Every week or so, we're told what to multiply last week's readings by.

      And there will be seven more years of that? Not sustainable.

      If I'm praying for anything, it's for whistleblowers!

  • snukey

    That's exactly why they gave it to them. It makes people more aware, front stage. I believe the more focus on the country the better.


    It needs to get worse before they decide? LOL

  • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

    IMHO the money that they're counting on from the Games potentially being taken away should they lose the Games will only serve to inspire them to keep lying about the true status of Fukushima and the hazards Tokyo truly poses for anyone living there or visiting for any length of time. Abe already put his foot so far down his piehole during his BS speech that even TEPCO wanted to stick their own foot up his schvinkter for the blatant lies he set out!! 🙁

  • heard no one wanted olympics….only other possible bidder spain has grotesque levels of unemployed…
    i look forward to the day countries refuse the burden of a totally ungreen un eco irresponsible financial rape of their country….
    this aint the greece version….
    they dont care what it cost….
    how pathetic….the world is dying..
    and they want the last dime for what…
    genetic what…..
    they should be physically denied access to japan…
    so many suffering and dying….
    and all of life hanging on the precipice of unit 4..
    and run away coriums….
    the birds are silent but the olympic torch burns…
    what trash to say not one if our lives isnt worth giving up
    for what…..stop them if they try to enter the country
    we need a stick…..

  • VyseLegendaire VyseLegendaire

    You would think that maybe the Olympics would be an impetus to get more serious about Fukushima with international help, but I guess that hasn't occurred to 'its all good' Abe yet has it?

  • SusanS

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    We need a worldwide consortium made up of experts in the field to start brainstorming solutions to what is happening in Fukushima and what can be done to FIX it. We need them NOW. The consequences could be the extinction of all life on earth. It is past time to do this. Japan is calling for help and they can not handle it alone.

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    • We Not They Finally

      You obviously mean well, but I cannot see that "Japan is calling for help." What they need is aggressive intervention whether they want it or not. But the major international bodies are all corrupt.

      Who are these petitions supposed to go TO?

    • They seem to have made a choice to bring in another team of 'experts'… see article link below..


    • JPH

      All Japan needs to do is stand up in the UN and tell the world that"we got a huge problem at Fukushima, we can not correct it by ourselves, we need the world to come in and help us clean up this mess" I got 100 bucks saying that is not going to happen because that PRIDE is in the way ! There is no shame in asking for help !

      • bo bo

        Wasn't that already done like a year after 3/11?
        It was the mayor of fukushima though.
        UN did nothing, even though mayor talked in detail about condition of SPF 4.
        Former UN ambassador mitsuhei murata made a serious plea to the world about SPF 4 in 2012, nobody did anything.

        It would be great if the current UN ambassador would stand up and talk… but I'm sure that would never happen, and if it did, would still be completely stonewalled.
        I wonder how he stays muzzled… by the japanese government? IAEA?

  • m a x l i

    "Japan’s government has voiced anger over two cartoons published by a French newspaper depicting sumo wrestlers with extra limbs in front of a crippled Fukushima nuclear plant and a radioactive pool, linking them to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics."


  • norbu norbu

    If problems get worse……wake up

  • MichaelV MichaelV

    Yesterday at 5am I awoke to a gurgling sound coming from my bathroom: The drain was plugged and icky water from the apartment upstairs (Bernie, Flo, and Cheryl) was backing into my bathtub, etc.

    I had sent Bernie a text the night before telling her of the situation; she promised to not flush a lot.

    Still, it was bad, so I went up and asked that they come down and take a look. Bernie stepped into my bathroom, grabbed her nose, and headed back out the front door. Flo had a bit more fortitude for the situation.

    Maintenance cleared the line by 2pm, and things got back to normal.

    Last night, from their deck above, they asked if it was okay, and if they could use their shower; I gave them the green light, and life is good again.

    Two things:

    1. A system design that allows itself to be immediately repaired/serviced, such that life and living don't both come to an abrupt halt.

    2. The human need to see, feel, hear, and taste experiences before gaining a deeper understanding; words become useless as the MSM contorts meaning and gives new definitions: Snarky Geek Faxed Expert Report SafeLevel Documented…

    …What did our forbears say before modern languages existed 20,000 years ago…? I think they didn't say much more than, "Hey; Yeah, NO!; Okay; See; Now; Mmmmm…Ooooh baby!"… and things like that.

    Most of the time by keeping it real they could look from mind to mind with a simple glance.

    We sometimes do it today, calling it…

    • We Not They Finally

      MichaelV, you may be needed. It's too early in the game to go this off-topic (friendly nudge here.)

  • MichaelV MichaelV

    …calling it clairvoyance/coincidence, etc.

  • MichaelV MichaelV

    Therefore, the masses need to see Japan before the deeper consequences of Fukushima's danger are understood by all.

    Hence, the Olympic decision may help, in the end.

    You and I probe deeper, and it's difficult to verbally impress ideas upon the sleepy masses.

    Sometimes, they need to see a person holding a sign, or hear it from someone they trust, before they take action.


    After my initial shock and disgust at the awarding of the 2020 Olympics to Japan, I have had second thoughts.

    Japan was the perfect choice.

    – It will keep the focus on Fukushima. Although the Olympics are about sport competition, Fukushima will have to be part of the conversation, thereby raising awareness world wide.

    – It may serve to prompt the Japanese government to look for effective alternatives to deal with this catastrophe, instead of hoping that international public fatigue and media silence will make the issue fade into the background.

    So, thank you Olympic Committee.

    You may not have had our best interest at heart in your decision to let Japan host the Olympics.

    But the unintended consequences of that decision may be that Japan will have to pay a price after all for their ecocide perpetrated on the planet – albeit a small price: the world's opprobrium for their deceptive attitude and fatal mishandling of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.



    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

      … 🙂

    • We Not They Finally

      TracyW, I'm sure that your own heart is in the right place, but Japan won't do anything constructive. The Olympians will need to all boycott, and STILL Japan won't do anything. I see no advantage in giving perks to mass murderers under any circumstances.

      All this might do, is to so badly damage the morale of the world's athletes, that they will clamor in time for the Olympics to be held elsewhere. Then Japan will be humiliated, but they will STILL take no constructive action.

      Shinzo Abe's grandfather was a famous Japanese war criminal, who was charged but somehow escaped conviction. It's a Cold Warrior family and from reports, Abe apparently still lives in Imperial Japan. Yoichi Shimatsu warned about him before he even came back into power. He says that Abe was personally responsible for bringing MOX fuel to Japan through the then-Cheney cabal.

      WWII taught him nothing, Hiroshima taught him nothing. So long as the likes of him are in power, there will be no constructive action. Shimatsu also says that no one in Japan has the money or power to oppose Abe, and he expects that martial law is on the way.

  • jec jec

    Japan's Tokyo will quickly use up moneys..without refunding when it proven too radioactive to hold the games…Anyone want to take that bet?

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Situation at Daiichi is unpredictable, as proven by past weeks. Anything can happen, watch it like a hawk if you're in Northern Hemisphere.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    of course ..

  • check it out…no one wanted the Olympics but Japan…and they want anything that will perpetuate their lies and redirect their assets away from Fukushima…
    are you willing to give up your life for the Olympics…
    please…there's no time to start new non profits, begin new activist programs and write new propoganda against the murderers of the nuclear power cabal…
    time ran out two years ago…
    if you've forgotten what really happened take a look at these High Res Pic from a Helo fly by on Mar 20 and 24 of 2011….
    and you decide what value the Olympics might have…
    there is no one of good intent in these schemes……

  • mairs mairs

    i was on another forum that is just a general cross section of people, on a Japan Olympics thread. It was encouraging because about 10% were congratulating Japan, another 10% were nuclear liars/apologists telling some whoppers, and 80% were either making radiation jokes or outright appalled and frightened at the choice. This IS shining a light on Fukushima.

  • Mezzaic

    How are they going to pay for the all the amenities that are required to host the Olympics as well as afford the cleanup for Fukushima?

    (especially since the economy there is pretty much on a steady decline every day)

    Don't get me wrong, I think its good that this will put more focus and pressure on cleaning up Fukushima, but it seems like a big ask to have two things to prepare for especially when you can't even get one of those things right in the first place…cleaning up Fukushima…

    • We Not They Finally

      They have no intention, nor by this point any capability to "clean up Fukushima" — even though they are morally responsible to mitigate the damage and to tend to the health of their dying populace.

      The best that can be hoped for is that the Olympic spotlight will turn Japan into an international pariah that NO ONE will want to visit.

      What remains puzzling, however, and disturbing, is that Japan is still supposed to be "the third largest economy in the world"?? That's nucking futz. So when does the Nikkei Index fall and how does that happen?

  • IRID And METI Take Over From TEPCO – Work On Behalf Of Japanese Government To Solve Fukushima Mega Nuclear Crisis; via @AGreenRoad

  • rockyourworld

    tepco gone? will the tepco cam go too?

    • no, it will stay… It is unclear how the power is shifting.. The government said it 'took over', and hired the above firm, but T is still there doing the actual work on the ground.

      Maybe this is a good thing, because now the government is liable and people can get mad at the politicians when nothing changes, and vote in someone who maybe can make changes happen, like the Green Party perhaps.

  • rockyourworld

    where are the cowards who were afraid of saddams wmds and why are they silent on fukushima?

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Fukushima 'not under control' warns TEPCO official
    Sept 13 2013

    "The remarks by Kazuhiko Yamashita, who holds the executive-level title of "fellow" at Tokyo Electric Power, seem to flatly contradict assurances Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gave Olympic chiefs a week earlier.

    In a meeting with members of the opposition Democratic Party of Japan, Yamashita was asked whether he agreed that "the situation is under control" as Abe had declared at the International Olympic Committee meeting in Buenos Aires."

    Then the denial..

    "News of his comment prompted a rush by the government and TEPCO to elaborate on Yamashita's remark, saying he was talking specifically about the plant's waste water problem, and not the facility's situation in general."


    The contaminated water is only one of the problems on-going at Fukushima Npp.
    And one of the problems that has no remedy…making it 'all one in the same'.

    The situation at Fukushima Npp is 'out of control'.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Clever…" Nuclear Bullshitus Word Craft".

  • Mack Mack

    Look at the difference in this photo between where Fukushima refugees still live after 2.5 years and the Olympic Village Japan plans to build:


  • Mack Mack

    By the way, PM Abe is considering raising Japan's consumption tax from 5 to 8%.

    Wonder what that's going to pay for?

    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

      Someone has to pay for the ongoing police state enslavement retirements, benefits packages, along with any fencing and corral board repairs needed and yes it should those enslaved/slaves themselves.

      It should be required via/by mandatory taxation policies and new enslavement civil laws.

  • SteveMT

    "…if problems at Fukushima worsen over next couple of years"??? How about hours, not years. These people are still living in denial.

    The athletes should be given two competition options: with or without a HAZMAT suit. Not that a HAZMAT suit would help, but at least it should be offered to them. Imagine the cycling events, the hammer throw, or the marathon done with this extra level of challenge of wearing a HAZMAT suit.

    If only the effort that had been put into obtaining these Olympics had been put into an early fix of Fukushima, we would be in a lot better place than this outright cataclysmic disaster. Ugh.

  • rockyourworld

    im afraid they will cover it up more than ever to keep the olympics. too many cam issues lately

  • millions died from chernobyl and are still dying…how naive'''''
    visit http://nuclearfreeplanet.org
    see New York Symposium 2013, on Chernobyl and Fukushima.

    millions will die from fukushima which is an ongoing event….
    of course we never count the billions of lives destroyed of the non-human species….