Researchers On Potential Fukushima Nuclear Health Risks At 2020 Tokyo Olympics
As Tokyo prepares for the 2020 Summer Olympics, researchers and watchdog groups are alarmed at what they view as risky exposure to radiation from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. Last year, the United Nations reported that tens of thousands of citizens, including workers in charge of decontaminating the nuclear plant, are still at extreme risk of radiation exposure. Concerns for health safety have met continued resistance from the Japanese government. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has stated, “with regard to health-related problems [of the Fukushima accident], I will state in the most emphatic and unequivocal terms that there have been no problems until now, nor are there any at present, nor will there be in the future.” Back on Worldview to update on what they view as an “unfolding disaster” are Norma Field, professor of Japanese Studies in East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago, and Yuki Miyamoto, an ethicist and associate professor of religious studies at DePaul University.