Tokyo wins bid to host 2020 Summer Olympic Games
In the most irresponsible action ever taken by the International Olympic Committee, Tokyo has been chosen to host the 2020 Summer Olympic games. Tokyo beat out rivals Madrid and Instanbul. The final round of voting was between Tokyo and Istanbul. Tokyo was chosen by a vote of 60-36.
Why do I believe the decision is irresponsible? 2020 is 7 years away. Tokyo is a mere 136 miles (roughly 250 kilometers)from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. With tons of fuel rods sitting precariously on top of severely damaged buildings, 1000 make shift tanks of radioactive water (some of which are already leaking) and continued ground water contamination, the situation is hardly free from danger.
But even if Tokyo is safe and sound in 2020, there is an important issue to consider. Japan admitted in July, that 300 tons of contaminated radioactive water has been flowing into the Pacific daily for more than 2 years. Does a country who withholds such critical information from the international community deserve to host the Olympics? The Olympics also stand for international cooperation and Japan has continually rejected offers of help from other countries in addressing the problems at Fukushima. The problems there affect the rest of the world, especially Japan’s closest neighbors, but Japan continues to act like Fukushima is Japan’s problem not to be interfered with. This attitude disqualifies Japan from hosting the Olympics in my opinion.
I live in Tokyo and I honestly love Japan. Normally I would be thrilled by this decision. But under the present circumstances, I don’t believe Japan at all deserves this honor.