The International Olympic Committee has said they are not worried over any health concerns regarding the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, even as issues continue to haunt the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Leakage of contaminated water and other mishaps since the original meltdown in 2011 have raised concerns on the safety of holding the games in Tokyo, even as the two are around 148 miles from each other.
The IOC said that since they received assurances “from the highest authority in Japan” that Tokyo and the surrounding areas are safe from all the Fukushima issues, they trust their judgement and believe that this will still be the case in seven years time. This was in reference to the fact that it was Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe himself who assured the IOC in August that “everything is under control” during the awarding of the bid. Some say this was the final push that led Tokyo to triumph over Madrid and Istanbul for the rights to host the world’s biggest sporting event in 2020.
But that assurance has received much criticism, with some saying he was in no position to make promises like that since he is not a nuclear expert and there are a lot of issues still in Fukushima. Earlier this month, Abe had to admit Japan needs international support in order to solve the clean-up and contamination issues at the plant that affect not just its surrounding areas, but probably the rest of the country and even international waters.
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