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Risks of Radioactivity: atomic radiation and its medical effects via DiaNuke.org

Dr. Richard Denton, MD, North American co-chair of IPPNW,
(International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War);

Angela Bischoff, Ontario Clean Energy Alliance, editor of No Nukes News
http://www.cleanairalliance.org/no-nuke-news/;

Dr. Gordon Edwards, PhD,Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility,
Scientific Advisor for Physicians for Global Survival (Canadian chapter of IPPNW)
www.ccnr.org .

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竹田恒和JOC会長の潔白会見はわずか7分「逃げ恥」作戦に記者から怒りの声噴出 via Aera.dot

これぞ「逃げるは恥だが、役に立つ」ということか。

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ところが、30分の予定で開かれた会見はわずか7分で終了。内容も、冒頭から竹田会長が「いかなる意志決定プロセスにも関与していません」などと、疑惑が持ち上がっているシンガポールのコンサルタント会社との契約に関わっていないことが書かれた文書を読み上げたのみ。質疑応答に答えることもなく会場から“トンズラ”した。

これに納得いかないのが、100人以上集まっていた報道関係者だ。そもそも、記者会見を設定したのはJOCの側。竹田氏も会見で「自らの潔白を証明すべく、全力を尽くす」と言ったにもかかわらず、あっさりと退場してしまったことに、報道陣から非難ゴウゴウ。

「これだけ人を集めておいて失礼だ」
「おかしいんじゃないの」
「都合の悪いことはしゃべらないのか」

怒りの声が次々に飛んだ。

JOCの担当者によると、質疑応答を拒否して“トンズラ作戦”を取ることを決定したのは、今日15日午前2時ごろ。

「慎重に検討した結果、現在お伝えできることを口頭でお伝えするのみということが適切な判断と至った。よって、本日の質疑応答は差し控えさせていただいた」という。

ただ、口頭で文書を読み上げるだけなら、JOCのホームページなどで発表すればいいだけのこと。それがなぜ、竹田会長がわざわざ文書を読み上げる形式にしたのか。これについてJOCの担当者は「いま、調査中なのでそこに触れると誤解を招くといけない」と説明。事前に説明がなかったことについては、「会見をご案内させていただいた時は質疑応答について検討していたが、その後に検討した結果、質疑応答はなくしました」(同)と話した。

杓子定規の説明に、記者からは「これは記者会見じゃなくて、アピールでしょ」といった嘆きの声も。また、会場にはロイターなど海外メディアの記者も参加していた。日産自動車のカルロス・ゴーン前会長の逮捕を巡る騒動で、東京地検特捜部が逮捕容疑についてちゃんとした説明をしないことから世界中で日本の司法制度に批判の目が集まっているなか、またもや「不思議な国・ニッポン」を印象付けた形になった。

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Japan’s Olympics Chief Faces Corruption Charges in France via the New York Times

LONDON — The president of Japan’s Olympic Committee has been indicted on corruption charges in France after an investigation into the bidding process that led to Tokyo’s being awarded the Summer Games it is preparing to host next year.

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Tokyo was awarded the 2020 Summer Games at a meeting of the committee in Buenos Aires in 2013. France’s financial crimes prosecutors have long suspected that the victory was tainted after they uncovered payments linked to Papa Massata Diack, a former marketing official with track and field’s governing body, the International Association of Athletics Federations.

Prosecutors contend that money was paid to African Olympic committee officials for their votes. They also accuse Mr. Diack, whom France has sought to extradite from his native Senegal for several years, of facilitating and accepting bribes from officials behind Rio de Janeiro’s successful bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Last year, following a joint operation with the French authorities, Brazilian prosecutors filed a corruption case against the former head of Brazil’s Olympic Committee, Carlos Arthur Nuzman.

Though Mr. Takeda, a former equestrian competitor, has been placed under formal investigation on corruption charges, it is not clear whether he will stand trial.

In France, complex criminal cases are handled by special magistrates with broad investigative powers, who place defendants under formal investigation when they believe the evidence points to serious wrongdoing. But the magistrates can later drop the charges if they do not believe the evidence is sufficient to proceed to trial.

In 2016, French prosecutors said they had uncovered more than $2 million in payments made by Tokyo’s bidding committee to a little-known Singaporean company, Black Tidings, during the competition to host the 2020 Olympics. That company was found to belong to a close friend of Mr. Diack’s.

The Japanese authorities, at the request of their French counterparts, questioned Mr. Takeda about those payments in 2017 but have taken no action since. Officials said the payments were for consulting work, and a panel commissioned by the Japanese Olympic Committee said in 2016 that it had found that the payments were legitimate.

It was unclear whether the Japanese committee would reopen is investigation in light of the French charges. Calls to the committee went unanswered late Friday.

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The former prime minister Yoshiro Mori, who leads the Tokyo Olympics organizing committee, told the Fuji News Network that he was “simply shocked” by France’s move. The organizing committee was set up jointly by the Japanese Olympic Committee and the Tokyo metropolitan government, and Mr. Takeda serves as one of its vice presidents.

“Perhaps perceptions differ from those of Japan, and I hope this is a mistake,” Mr. Mori said.

Mr. Takeda is the second Olympic luminary to face serious legal action in recent months. In November, Sheikh Ahmed al Sabah, a member of Kuwait’s royal family and close ally of the I.O.C. president, Thomas Bach, temporarily stepped down from the committee after being accused by the Swiss authorities in a forgery case. He was also identified in 2017 as an unindicted co-conspirator in a soccer corruption filed case by the United States Department of Justice. He denies all the allegations.

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Takeda corruption probe sullies 2020 Tokyo Olympics and IOC via the Washington Post

TOKYO — Tsunekazu Takeda, the president of the Japanese Olympic Committee and a powerful IOC member, again denied corruption allegations against him, suggesting on Tuesday that any guilt was with others at the Japanese body.

Takeda read a seven-minute prepared text and then took no questions from hundreds of media.

Innocent or guilty in a bribery scandal that French authorities suspect helped land the games for Tokyo, the scandal has cast a shadow over the upcoming Olympics that open in 18 months. It also underscores failed efforts by the International Olympic Committee to clean up its bidding process with billions swirling around the preparations of every Olympics.

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The Asahi newspaper reported Olympic Minister Yoshitaka Sakurada as saying at a separate news conference Tuesday that the allegations “are not very good for the image” of Japan.

IOC President Thomas Bach, speaking last month in Tokyo, described the games as “the best prepared” in history. They have overcome early problems that included a plagiarized logo design, and a redesign of a new Olympic stadium because of soaring costs. General cost overruns have continued to be an issue for Tokyo, which is now spending three times more than it said it would when it was selected.

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He acknowledged he had signed off on about $2 million in payments to a Singapore consulting company, Black Tidings.

French investigators have linked Black Tidings to Papa Massata Diack, one of the sons of powerful ex-IOC member Lamine Diack of Senegal.

Lamine Diack had huge influence over Olympic voters in Africa. In 2013, IOC members voted for Tokyo, eliminating attractive bids from Madrid and Istanbul.

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Jeff Kingston, who teaches Japanese politics at Temple University in Tokyo, said in the “end this could be known as the Black Tidings Olympics.”

“It’s a huge black eye for Japan. There is no other way to spin it,” he told The Associated Press.

Kingston also blamed the IOC.

“What this does is expose the failure of the IOC to get its house in order,” Kingston said.

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The JOC report concluded the $2 million was appropriate compensation for consulting work done by Black Tidings. Takeda also said he had no knowledge of links to the Diack family. He said the contact was not “illegal under Japanese law.”

“I’d like to clear the allegation against me, and I will cooperate fully with French authorities,” Takeda said.

Tokyo’s Olympic organizing committee attempted to distance itself from Takeda, who headed the bid committee but is not at the head of the organizing committee.

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The preliminary charge against Takeda announced by the National Financial Prosecutors office was first reported by French newspaper Le Monde. The preliminary charge means the investigating magistrate has determined there are serious grounds for suspicion. But no decision has been announced on any prosecution.

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The IOC has about 100 members, and three are suspended on corruption allegations: Sheikh Ahmad of Kuwait, Frank Fredericks of Namibia, and Patrick Hickey of Ireland. Nuzman, an honorary member from Brazil, is also suspended.

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Gov’t concerned about French probe into 2020 Olympic bid; link with Ghosn case suspected via The Mainichi

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The French investigation targets Japanese Olympic Committee head Tsunekazu Takeda, who earlier chaired Tokyo’s Olympic bid committee.

“They have been doing the investigation into Takeda for two years, and the reason they chose to open (criminal procedures against him) now may be in retaliation” against the Ghosn case, said one government-related individual involved in the Tokyo Games.

A senior Tokyo Metropolitan Government official preparing for the games similarly wondered about the timing of the French probe. “Damage to the image of the Tokyo Games is the worst thing that could happen,” the official said, adding, “This may be in retaliation against Japan,” referring to the Ghosn affair.

Ghosn has been accused of financial irregularities — which he denies. French officials and media, meanwhile, have been critical of Ghosn’s arrest, indictment and continuing detention over his alleged underreporting of executive remunerations and aggravated breach of trust for alleged misuse of company funds for personal purposes.

However, an individual linked to the Japanese Justice Ministry denied the view that the French move came in “retaliation,” saying, “I guess it was just a coincidence that the two cases (are being investigated) at the same time. I understand that they have been probing Takeda for some years.”

 

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原発事故の和解、打ち切り1.7万人 東電が相次ぎ拒否 via 朝日新聞

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東京電力福島第一原発事故の損害賠償を巡り、昨年以降、住民の集団申し立てを受けた原子力損害賠償紛争解決センター(原発ADR)の和解案を東電が拒否し、センターが手続きを打ち切り始めている。少なくとも昨年19件、今年は10日に1件あり、打ち切られた住民は1万7千人に上る。住民側は時間や費用がかかる裁判に訴えるしかなく、反発を強めている。

東電の和解案拒否による打ち切りは2013年から17年まで72件あったが、申し立ては全て東電の身内の同社社員やその家族だった。東電は個人レベルでは多くの和解に応じているが、昨年以降の打ち切りは主に100人以上の住民による申し立てで、国の原子力損害賠償紛争審査会が示した賠償指針を上回る和解案が示されたケースだ。

最も規模が大きいのは、全町避難となった福島県浪江町の町民約1万6千人の申し立て。センターは14年3月、指針の精神的賠償(月額10万~12万円)に一律5万円、75歳以上にはさらに3万円を上乗せする和解案を示したが、東電は拒否。昨年4月に和解手続きが打ち切られ、住民の一部は福島地裁への提訴に踏み切った。

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東電は経営再建策をまとめた事業計画で「和解仲介案の尊重」を掲げるが、大阪市立大の除本理史教授(環境政策論)は「指針を上回る賠償を認めると、別の地域でも賠償の増額を求められる恐れがあり、東電は和解案を受け入れることが出来ないのだろう」と指摘。相馬市玉野地区弁護団の平岡路子弁護士は「本来は被災者が和解案を受け入れるか判断する立場なのに、東電が和解手続きを左右している。原発事故から8年近くになり、世間の関心が薄れ、東電が拒否しやすい環境も生まれている」と批判する。

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How to Make an ‘Atomic Lake’ (Nuclear Bomb Required) via RealClear

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On this day 54 years ago, the Soviet Union took drastic measures to make artificial body of water.

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It’s a video, which surfaced a few years ago, of the “Chagan” blast in Kazakhstan near a nuclear test site known as Polygon. The explosion was one of the first “peaceful” uses of nuclear weapons by the Soviet Union on this day in 1965. The idea was to use underground nuclear explosions to create reservoirs out of nearby rivers.

“The crater formed by the ‘Chagan’ explosion had a diameter of 408m and a depth of 100m” and quickly created a large lake, according to a 1996 history of Soviet nuclear explosions.

Following the explosion, radioactivity was detected as far away as Japan, and the U.S. protested the test.

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As ominous as the idea seems in this era, the idea to use nuclear weapons as a kind of extreme landscaping tool was not a new one. The U.S. conducted more than two dozen similar experiments under what’s known as Operation Plowshare.

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The DOE says using nuclear weapons for such peaceful purposes was considered before the first atomic bomb was ever detonated. The name itself, Plowshares, had its origins in biblical scripture about “ensur[ing] peace by beating swords into plowshares.”

Most of the “peaceful” American nuclear tests – with non-intimidating code names like Gnome, Ace and Sulky — took place in Nevada, but some were in New Mexico and Colorado. They tested how good nukes would be at digging canals and see how carbonate rock was affected by atomic blasts.

The tests continued until 1973 when the U.S. government pulled the plug on Plowshares.

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One Cold War later, back in Kazakhstan, the government has opened Chagan, better known as “Atomic Lake” to tours for the bold or nuclear-obsessed.

In 2014 a journalist working for VICE visited the site, Geiger-counter in hand.

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「原発再稼働どんどんやるべき」 福島事故後停止で経団連会長 via 福井新聞

 経団連の中西宏明会長は15日の会見で、東京電力福島第1原発事故後に停止している原発について「再稼働をどんどんやるべきだ」と述べた。原発の新設や増設も認めるべきだとの認識を示し、エネルギー政策の在り方を巡り国民的な議論を呼び掛けた。

経団連は以前から再稼働を推進する立場を貫いている。ただ、原発への反対論は根強いだけに中西氏の発言が反発を招く可能性がある。

中西氏は「安全について十分議論し尽くしている原発も多い。(立地、周辺)自治体が(再稼働に)イエスと言わない。これで動かせない」と強調。

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心のケア確立目指す 15日まで国際シンポ 福島県民健康調査 via 福島民報

福島医大放射線医学県民健康管理センター主催の東京電力福島第一原発事故に伴う県民健康調査に関する国際シンポジウムは十四日、福島市のザ・セレクトン福島で開幕した。国内外の専門家が甲状腺検査や精神面のケアを柱に調査の現状や課題を発信し、被災地での公衆衛生学の役割やリスクコミュニケーションの在り方を考えた。十五日まで。

「よりよい復興~世界から福島へ、福島から世界へ~」のテーマで、約二百二十人が聴講した。センター長を務める神谷研二副学長が県民健康調査の概要を紹介。神谷副学長は、一巡目(先行検査)で見つかった子どもの甲状腺がんについて「事故による放射線の影響とは考えにくい」とした県民健康調査検討委員会の評価などを説明した。志村浩己教授は甲状腺検査の詳細について報告した。

前田正治教授は県民のメンタルヘルスの取り組みについて報告した。「放射線に対する不安は抱いて当然」とした上で、相談窓口の充実など県民に寄り添った医療体制の確立を進めていく考えを示した。

長谷川有史教授や相馬中央病院の坪倉正治医師、木幡浩福島市長、飯舘村の菅野クニ保健師らも登壇し、災害への備えや被災地で心身の健康を保つ上での役割を語った。

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最終日は同大の後藤あや教授が妊産婦調査を通して見た県内における妊娠・育児の現状、村上道夫准教授が事故後の時間の経過に伴う放射線不安の変遷などについて話す。韓国の建国大学病院のリー・ヨンシク氏が同国の甲状腺超音波検査の実態を報告する。

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Brown’s retirement project: avoiding nuclear holocaust via San Francisco Chronicle

In his parting interview with The Chronicle, Jerry Brown ticked off a list of projects he will take on now that he’s left the governor’s office. 

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After a decades when nonproliferation dominated global nuclear weapon discussions, we are now in a period of aggressive nuclear rearming. Brown has joined as executive chair the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the organization that keeps the Doomsday Clock. Its mission is timely, he said. “With Trump, we’re seeing some unexpected political actions.” Its work is essential, he said, because blundering into a nuclear war or initiating a nuclear incident could, “in a matter of hours, end human civilization.”

In 1992, five nations acknowledged having a nuclear arsenal. Today, there are nine nuclear powers (Israel, India, Pakistan, the United Kingdom, China, France, the U.S., Russia, plus North Korea). Iran is thought to have or be close to having the bomb. The U.S. and Russia possess the vast majority of the weapons. and now the Trump administration has called for production of a new nuclear bomb and study of another new bomb.

President Trump set off global alarms in October when he threatened to withdraw the U.S. from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia. In December, the administration set the timeline to walk away from the agreement. The unique treaty, signed in 1987, had led to the two nations dismantling 2,600 land-based missiles with ranges of 310 to 3,420 miles.

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Nuclear power shapes foreign and domestic policy in many ways. Brown notes that few, if any, political objectives were worth the costs of nuclear war.

Brown is dedicating his time to the issue in hopes of bringing about the longer and deeper discussions needed to move back the hands of the Doomsday Clock. He fears public discussion of important issues is getting lost in “the desert of tweets.”

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