Kyodo News, Nov. 1, 2013: “I wrote the letter because I wanted the emperor to know the situation of children who have suffered from radiation exposure, the appalling labor conditions for workers at the nuclear plant, and the poor way radiation (exposure) is being managed,” [Japanese lawmaker Taro] Yamamoto said. When the emperor came near him, Yamamoto expressed fear that the children are suffering from health problems, saying, “The future of the children is in danger” and gave the letter to the emperor [...]
Asahi Shimbun, Nov. 1, 2013: “I, as an individual, only wanted to tell the emperor the truth about the health hazard posed to children and the workers who are exposed to radiation and being abandoned” [...] “I wanted to explain the plight of children exposed to radiation [...] From a common sense point of view, handing a letter to His Majesty may be rude. However, even though it is, I could not contain my desire to have him understand what is happening,” the lawmaker said.
Asahi Shimbun, Nov. 2, 2013: “I wanted to explain the plight of children exposed to radiation released after the nuclear accident and the health condition of people who are working at the facility in the worst conditions”
Reuters, Nov. 1, 2013: “I wanted him to know about the children who have been contaminated by radiation”
Jiji Press, Nov. 2, 2013: [...] he wanted to inform the Emperor of the real situation facing the nation following the March 2011 nuclear crisis [...]
MP Katsumasa Suzuki, Oct. 17, 2013: “In Fukushima, the incidence of cancer in children there has been increasing.”
Published: November 2nd, 2013 at 10:52 am ET