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    A security guard stands in front of an official logo of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games on the safety wall at a construction site in Tokyo's Nihonbashi shopping and office district, Monday, Feb. 6, 2017

    Fukushima to Host Some 2020 Olympics Events to Recover From Nuclear Disaster

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    Fukushima Prefecture, affected by the 2011 nuclear disaster, will host some baseball and softball events of the 2020 Olympic Games, the Tokyo Olympics organizing committee said Friday in a statement.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) The committee expressed hope that Olympic events held in Fukushima and Miyagi prefectures would help the whole Tohoku region recover from the tragedy of 2011.

    "By hosting Olympic baseball and softball events, Fukushima will have a great platform to show the world the extent of its recovery in the 10 years since the disaster. It will also be a wonderful chance for us to show our gratitude towards those who assisted in the region’s reconstruction. And I’m sure the people of Fukushima are also looking forward very much to seeing Olympics events hosted there," Tokyo 2020 President Yoshiro Mori said as quoted in the statement.

    In March 2011, a 9.0-magnitude offshore earthquake triggered a 46-foot tsunami that hit Japan's Fukushima NPP, leading to the leakage of radioactive material into the surrounding environment and the shutdown of the plant. People are still prohibited to live in the settlements located near the NPP and the clean-up operations are expected to take about 40 years.

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    • Alan Reid
      Why anyone would even consider going to the Olympics in Japan is well beyond me. The fact that the Japanese will use the Fukushima area is beyond nuts.Boycott all the 2020 events and your body will thank you. Participate in those events and you will regret it. Just the aircraft ride to Narita is a severe danger to ones health... But do as you want. Cancer is not that bad.
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      Sending super-fit athletes to live and compete in Fukushima during the 2020 Olympics is madness personified. This is because not only is the environment still dangerously radioactive (far worse than Chernobyl) but the water and foods are not safe to consume.

      Everyday about 300 tons of radioactive water, laden with cesium137 and strontium90, are poured into the Pacific Ocean after they are used to cool the damaged reactors' cores. Seafood is extremely unsafe to eat.

      Even the former Japanese Ambassador to Switzerland has written a letter to the IOC President to cancel the 2020 Olympics before it is forced on Japan by the worsening disaster at Fukushima.

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