Campaign: Keep the Olympic Games out of radioactive regions

Campaign "Tokyo 2020 - The Radioactive Olympics"

Statement of IPPNW Germany regarding participation in the Olympic Games in Japan
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Thyroid cancer in Fukushima children increased 20-fold

Latest results of the Fukushima thyroid screenings confirm worrying trend

In 2011, people in Japan were exposed to radioactive fallout. Some still live in contaminated regions where they are exposed to elevated levels of radiation on a daily basis.One of the most dreaded effects of radioactive exposure is the development of cancer through mutation of the DNA. Thyroid cancer in children is the certainly not the most dangerous form of radiation-induced cancer, but it is probably the easiest to detect. Ten years aftert the nuclear meltdowns, the screening examinations in Fukushima are demonstrating a worrying trend. 


Out of sight, out of mind

Plans for the disposal of radioactive cooling water in Fukushima

In late January, a Japanese government task force recommended that 1.2 million tons of radioactive water be discharged into the Pacific Ocean. TEPCO claims that the water is safe and contains only minimal amounts of radioactive Tritium, but the company's own studies tell a different stories.


In the summer of 2021, Japan will most likely host the delayed Summer Olympics. In addition to the many sporting disciplines on land, rowing and canoeing championships will also be held in Tokyo Bay. With the ongoing Fukushima nuclear disaster and radioactive contamination of large parts of the country with radiating particles such as cesium-137, many people are asking about the radiation exposure of Tokyo Bay. A 2018 study came up with some disturbing results.


If the IOC and the Japanese government have their way, the Olympic Torch Relay is scheduled to start on March 25th, 2021 at J-Village, a sports venue that in recent years has been used as the headquarters of rescue and cleanup efforts at the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. Despite numerous radioactive hotspots, the torch relay is to run from here through the Fukushima exclusion zone, passing through the contaminated villages, where "ceremonies" are to be held.


At the IOC meeting in September 2013, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made the announcement that the situation in Fukushima was completely under control. A bold statement, just two and a half years after the begining of the nuclear disaster. New radiation measurements by Greenpeace give little hope for radiation-free Olympics in Japan...


The Fukushima nuclear disaster: 8 years on

Peace & Health Blog by Tilman Ruff

11.03.2019 Eight years after the world’s most complex nuclear disaster, the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plants and spent fuel ponds are still leaking and dangerous, vast amounts of contaminated water continue to accumulate, 8000 odd clean-up workers labour daily and will need to for many decades, the needs of people exposed to radioactivity are still neglected, no one is in prison for a disaster fundamentally caused by the negligence of the operator and the government, and most of the lessons of Fukushima have yet to heeded.


02.03.2016 IPPNW Germany held an international congress in Berlin to commemorate the nuclear disasters in Fukushima and Chernobyl, attended by about 350 participants. Scientists and activists from Japan, Belarus, Ukraine and other parts of the world came together in the "Urania" congress hall to exchange information and views on research and to network.

A comprehensive report on the health and environmental effects of the two nuclear catastrophes was published by IPPNW Germany and PSR USA: "30 years living with Chernobyl - 5 years living with Fukushima".


Critical Analysis of the WHO’s health risk assessment of the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe

Thyroid-Screening at the „Fukushima collaborative clinic“ © Ian Thomas Ash 2013

By Alex Rosen

[March 1 2013] On February 28th, 2013, the World Health Organization (WHO) published its „Health risk assessment from the nuclear accident after the 2011 Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami“. This report concluded that “for the general population inside and outside of Japan, the predicted risks are low and no observable increases in cancer rates above baseline rates are anticipated.” This analysis discusses the eight main objections to the current WHO report and shows why it should not be considered a neutral scientific assessment of the actual health risks of the affected population, nor a valid basis for future decisions and recommendations.

"Critical Analysis of the WHO’s health risk assessment of the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe"

Summary in Japanese: "Critical Analysis of the WHO’s health risk assessment of the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe"


IPPNW Germany/PSR Report

IPPNW report: 30 years Chernobyl, 5 years Fukushima
IPPNW/PSR report: "30 years living with Chernobyl – 5 years living with Fukushima"
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