Tokyo Governor Naoki Inose is confident that the radiation levels in his city are the same as those of other major cities in the world, despite the ongoing nuclear crisis in Fukushima. He believes this will not affect Tokyo’s chances of winning the bid to host the 2020 Olympics, which is to be decided on in two weeks time.
Inose believes the problem in Fukushima will be resolved soon, as he has the assurances of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that the government is stepping in and taking a more pro-active role in helping the utility operator of the plant, Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) do a proper clean-up of the site of the worst nuclear accident in recent years. The government recently raised the nuclear warning to a level 3 or “serious incident” due to a leakage of contaminated radioactive water. Inose agrees that the nuclear issue is something that has to be prioritized and solved immediately, but it does not have “direct connection” with the bid to host the world’s biggest sporting event. The governor insists that the food and water in Tokyo is safe and all the data is open and accessible at their home page.
Tokyo is up against Istanbul and Madrid for the rights to host the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics. The Japanese capital had previously hosted the Summer Olympics in 1964 while Japan has already hosted the Winter Olympics twice. The International Olympics Committee will be holding the Host City election by September 7 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
[ via Reuters ]
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