Tokyo, September 16,2014
Letter to the Washington Post
Former Ambassador to Switzerland
Executive Director, Japan Society for Global System and Ethics
The worsening situation at Fukushima Daiichi has some experts fearing the worst; collapse of the 4 reactor buildings due to the softening of the soil caused by excessive underground water. It could be the beginning of a catastrophe for Japan and the world. Experts say within weeks a radioactive plume could reach the West Coast of the United States.
The total volume of cesium 137 of the Fukushima Daiichi is equivalent to 5000 Hiroshima Atomic Bombs. The release of their total radiation could bring about the nuclear winter that would fatally affect the United States for hundreds of years. The dangers are real and incomparably terrifying than many are led to realize by Tokyo Electric Company (Tepco) and the Japanese Government.
Fukushima is forgotten, but the reality remains; Fukushima is a global security issue.
Japan knows more than any other country the real and present dangers of nuclear reactors. It is a serious security problem that the mainstream of the world continue to promote nuclear power generation even after Fukushima, totally ignoring its lessons.
The problem of protecting the security of the residents of the US West Coast will soon awaken the world to the uncontrollable and spreading consequences of the Accident. We cannot deny that Fukushima, if badly managed, could become the beginning of the ultimate global catastrophe.
The withdrawal from the Tokyo Olympic Games seems inevitable.
1938年生まれ。1961年東京大学法学部卒業、外務省入省後国内では分析課長、中近東第１課長、宮内庁御用掛、国連局審議官、公正取引委員会官房審議官、衆議院渉外部長などを歴任。海外では在アルジェリア公使、在仏公使、駐セネガル大使、駐スイス大使などを歴任。2000～2002年 京セラ顧問、稲盛財団評議員1999年～2011年 東海学園教授。現在、地球システム・倫理学会常任理事、日本ナショナルトラスト顧問、天津科技大学名誉教授等。著書 「原子力と日本病」(朝日新聞社)、「新しい文明の提唱ー未来の世代へ捧げる」(文芸社)等。