As if you needed any more proof that there is corruption and bias running rife in the IOC... but if you do, take the case of the committee awarding the 2020 Olympics to a country that is presently burdened with the Fukushima nuclear disaster which might likely become the worst known nuclear calamity if there's another major earthquake or tsunami in its vicinity. Some rumors say that Japan has already made secret plans to relocate the 40+ M inhabitants from that island to Japan proper if the need arises and the Fukushima plant's deadly cargo cannot be contained.
And, in this messy situation the IOC decides to hold the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo!
Just like the idiotic officials of the FIFA World Cup awarding the 2022 to Qatar which shouldn't have happened for a myriad of reasons!
Why do we always presume that people holding those mighty positions way up there above us ordinary people have anything worthwhile in their skulls? 99% of them don't and never will.
South Korea did the sensible thing by banning fish imports from Japan.
The vid is from about a month ago.
Charlie Smith writing at Straight:
.....IOC grants Tokyo 2020 Olympics, despite ongoing concerns over Fukushima power plant. International Olympic Committee delegates in Buenos Aires chose Japan's capital city over Istanbul in the final round.
Madrid was rejected in the first round of balloting.
The prime minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, travelled with the Japanese delegation and claimed that problems at the Fukushima nuclear plant were under control.
"It has never done and will never do any damage to Tokyo," he claimed, according to a CBC report.
Abe's comments contradict a recent post on the Fukushima Diary website, which tracks horror stories linked to the crippled nuclear facility.
Citing a news conference held by the Tokyo Electric Power Company, it stated that approximately half of the water from Fukushima plant's port travels into the Pacific Ocean.
Meanwhile, Damian Carrington's environmental blog, which is on the Guardian site, has described the CDN$325 million being spent on an ice wall as "the latest desperate attempt to halt the radiation-contaminated water that is leaking into the sea".
"The final cleanup will cost tens of billions and take 40 years," Carrington predicts.
Tokyo is 238 kilometres from Fukushima, which is slightly farther than the distance from Vancouver to Tacoma, Washington.
As for Abe's claim that his country's nuclear accident has had no impact on Tokyo, that assertion has been challenged Chris Busby. He has a PhD in chemical physics and is a former member of Britain's Committee Examining Risks of Internal Emitters.....
Harvey Wasserman writing at GlobalResearch:
.....We are now within two months of what may be humankind’s most dangerous moment since the Cuban Missile Crisis.
There is no excuse for not acting. All the resources our species can muster must be focussed on the fuel pool at Fukushima Unit 4.
Fukushima’s owner, Tokyo Electric (Tepco), says that within as few as 60 days it may begin trying to remove more than 1300 spent fuel rods from a badly damaged pool perched 100 feet in the air. The pool rests on a badly damaged building that is tilting, sinking and could easily come down in the next earthquake, if not on its own.
Some 400 tons of fuel in that pool could spew out more than 15,000 times as much radiation as was released at Hiroshima.
The one thing certain about this crisis is that Tepco does not have the scientific, engineering or financial resources to handle it. Nor does the Japanese government. The situation demands a coordinated worldwide effort of the best scientists and engineers our species can muster.
Why is this so serious?...........
Andrew Davis writing at Bloomberg:
...South Korea Bans Japanese Fish Imports Over Fukushima Leak. South Korea banned imports of fish caught near the site of the Fukushima nuclear accident over concerns of radioactive contamination from the plant.
The ban affects marine products from eight prefectures, including Fukushima, where the 2011 earthquake and tsunami devastated the plant, causing the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl. Some of the fishing grounds were already closed. The decision came after the Japanese government revealed last month that 300 tons of contaminated water leaked from the site, with some making it to the ocean......