Messages from Murata-san

Our correspondent from Japan, former Ambassador M. Murata,
“The Conscience of Fukushima” continues his urgent warnings.

Subject: California’s Wildfires and Nuclear Radiation

Date:    12:04 AM EDT, 08/08/18

Dear Friends,

I am sending you the latest message from Mr. Akio Matsumura that refers to an article “California’s Wildfires and Nuclear Radiation,” written by Mr. Gregg Lien, an environmental and land use attorney.

The article convinces us that the radiation from Fukushima is surprisingly and dangerously far-reaching.

Here is the relevant excerpt.

“Has the vast bulk of the 40 million population of California just been unknowingly exposed to high concentrations of radioactive particles? What are the constituents of these particles? How hazardous are they? It was recently widely reported that radiation from Fukushima, in the form of Cesium-137, was detected in small quantities in California wines. There can be little doubt that Cesium-137 from Fukushima has also been absorbed by all the vegetation here, and when burned, is re-released.”

From the new view point of “the public transcending the nation”, namely, to safeguard the global environment and to secure the well-being of humanity, the Japanese are required to call for the retreat from the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 in order to consecrate maximum efforts to bring Fukushima under control as soon as possible.

Mitsuhei Murata
Former Ambassador to Switzerland


(Message from Mr. Akio Matsumura)

Dear IAC of NEAA friends

I hope this email finds you in good health and spirit.

After the government of Japan announced last year that it would take at least forty years to remove the irradiated cores from three crippled nuclear reactors at Fukushima, I shifted my focus to the dangers to marine life and the potential risk to people in North America resulting from the forty-year flow of radioactive wind and contaminated water from Fukushima.

If you ask Japanese volcanic scientists and seismologists about the possibility of the eruption of Mt Fuji and the strongest earthquake in Tokyo in forty years, they will say it is almost sure to happen. So, even though major damage to human life, the environment, and the economy is likely to occur, people ignore it because they cannot think that far ahead. That’s just forty years. Meanwhile, radiation remains dangerous for thousands of years. How do we learn to connect these long time frames to our human lifetime?

I am pleased to introduce “California’s Wildfires and Nuclear Radiation,” written by Gregg Lien, an environmental and land use attorney practicing in Lake Tahoe, California. Going forward, I plan to introduce the opinions from observers and experts from many fields about the forty-year accumulation of radiation from Fukushima. I look forward to hearing what their suggestions for what actions we can take now to reduce the burden on future generations.

Yours truly,



Subject:  Fukushima affecting California Wine

Date:    02:26 AM EDT, 08/03/18

Dear Friends,

The dissemination of radiation from Fukushima is aggravating.

“…levels of cesium 137 in California wine appears to have doubled right after Fukushima.”

Mr.Akio Matsumura, former UN advisor, has sent me an email from New York in which he makes the following criticism as regards the way Japan is coping with the consequences of the Fukushima nuclear accident.

“The main reason I shifted my focus  to the danger to the ocean marine life and potential risk to people on  the North America resulting from the 40-year flow of the radioactive wind and contaminated water from Fukushima, is to encourage the American opinion leaders and the international communities to speak out the serious issues we are facing.  Otherwise, government of Japan will not make its priority to tackle the long-time effect of Fukushima nuclear accident, and at the moment, its priority is to make the Tokyo Olympic 2020 success.”

Universally observed heat waves side with the pertinent plea, increasingly supported both at home and abroad, for retreating from the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 to be held in July ~ August, which makes one wonder why in the world the hottest timing has been chosen, during typhoon season.

With warmest regards,

Mitsuhei Murata
Former Ambassador to Switzerland

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