Murata-san: The Conscience of Fukushima
Our correspondent from Japan, Murata-san [Mitsuhei Murata, former Ambassador to Switzerland] has repeatedly warned the world of events at the stricken nuclear reactors located in Fukushima, Japan.* This new warning is particularly troubling, as more radiation is being sent into the atmosphere by the forest fires.
The Forests of Fukushima Are Burning and the World Must Take Notice.
Subject: Forest fire in Fukushima
Date: 02:01 AM EDT, 05/05/17
Something is wrong with the media in Japan.The foreign press is natually influenced.
I have received the following from an American friend living in Europe.
“Good gracious, now fires to make a very bad situation worse. Amazing that we have neither read nor heard of same till your e- mail. Hiding heads in the sand makes little sense let alone face saving! 🙉🙊🙈
Our hopes and prayers are with you and yours.”
Today, May 5, I have contacted the responsible officer at the Fukushima Prefecture.
He has confirmed that the fire has not yet been brought under control.
The fire started 6 days ago.
One wonders if maximum efforts are being made.
PS – My original message yesterday:
One wonders why the ongoing forest fire in Fukushima is not being widely
reported as it should.
“There have already been a number of serious forest fires around Chernobyl
in recent years, spreading radioactivity into wider areas. However, there
have not been adequate studies to monitor exactly where the radiation goes.
“Forest fires are dangerous enough, but radioactive forest fires raise the
stakes for human health and safety because of the added difficulty to
reliably monitor where radioactivity is traveling in the smoke,” said
The Fukushima fire is a reminder that a major nuclear accident is never
really over or confined.
“The long-term implications of on-again-off-again fires in radioactive
forests are stark including re-contamination of so-called “decontaminated”
areas, and re-suspension of radioactive particles thought to be out of the
reach of natural processes,” said Folkers.“This all points to the impossibility of
containing man-made radioactivity from catastrophes like Chernobyl and Fukushima,
once it is released. Resettlement in such areas would be unstable at best, with the constant
threat of increased exposures and resulting health impacts,” Folkers
Fukushima remains the source of great concern for the world.
With warmest and highest regards,
Former Ambassador to Switzerland