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Korean group working to subvert Tokyo's 2020 Olympic bid
KUCHIKOMI JUL. 07, 2013 - 05:00AM JST
TOKYO — A group of Korean citizens is campaigning to have Tokyo dropped as a venue for the 2020 summer Olympic games, the Yukan Fuji (July 2) reports. The group, called VANK (an acronym for Voluntary Agency Network of Korea), has written to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and has also been circulating an online petition to thwart Tokyo’s selection.
VANK’s web site (http://korea.prkorea.com/wordpress/english/) describes itself as a “cyber diplomatic organization” with 70,000 members, who harbor “the dream of becoming cyber diplomats to let the world know about Korea and carry the vision of ‘Korea, as being the hub of Asia and gateway to Northeast Asia; along with being a country which shares its dream, friendship and business with all people around the world.’”
Via about 400 club chapters, VANK youth members claim to be achieving their goal “by teaching others about Korea through various activities.”
The Yonhap news agency and various Korean publications reported that in a letter sent on April 5, VANK appealed to the International Olympic Committee, raising the matter of anti-Korean demonstrations in Tokyo and Osaka by ultranationalist groups as prime examples of Japan’s “discriminatory” demonstrations, which it claims “contradict the IOC’s stated principles of Peace and Humanism.” The letter to the IOC included clippings of coverage on this topic by the New York Times, Washington Post and CNN.
VANK’s president, Park Ki-Tae, 39, was conferred with a presidential award in February of this year. Park denounced the demonstrations in Japan as “... fomenting the world’s fear of war, and evoking a revival of the imperialism that left behind wounds to people in neighboring countries that linger to this day.”
No less a figure than Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, when questioned during budget deliberations in the Diet, has expressed disapproval of the noisy anti-Korean demonstrations, saying “remarks that advocate the expulsion of a certain nationality or people from Japan are extremely regrettable,” and adding that “The Japanese people place importance on peace and are not xenophobic.”
Despite the campaign by VANK to eliminate Japan as host city for the Olympics, Yukan Fuji points out that on numerous past occasions, Korean athletes have been criticized for episodes of ill-mannered, unsportsmanlike behavior at international sports events, including the Olympics, World Baseball Classic and others.
Tokyo is now believed to hold the advantage in the selection for the 2020 games, due in part to the ongoing antigovernment demonstrations in contending city Istanbul. The IOC plans to announce its decision at its upcoming meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Sept 7, at which Abe is expected to deliver a final appeal on Tokyo’s behalf.
“South Korea believes it is superior to Japan both spiritually and culturally,” says Mitsuhiro Suganuma, a former official in Japan’s national security apparatus who is knowledgeable about Korean affairs. “For a while, when Samsung was on the ascendency and Japan’s major electronics firms were hurting badly, some sympathy was voiced by Koreans. But now it’s Korea’s economy that’s facing a crisis as Japan’s economy continues to recover under Abenomics.
“Since the Korean government has poured big funds into lobbying efforts,” Suganuma continues, “it exerts a certain amount of influence on international society.” He warns that efforts by South Korea to undermine Japan’s Olympics prospects might seriously impact the relationship between the two countries.
“Actually, one of the IOC committee members is North Korean, and even he is favorably disposed toward Tokyo,” claims Suganuma, who added, “The Japanese side ought to move quickly and contact him.”
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How is 12 years too soon. Asia is the largest population base, the largest market, where most of the new sponsors are from, and has more potential hosts than other places. Asia deserves the Olympics

Tokyo 2020 Games bid to become official soon The Tokyo metropolitan government has decided to bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics, and an official announcement is likely later this month, according

Consultants strategy meeting in Istanbul

Can't be anymore boring than Madrid's "'fiscally responsible Games".

"We know you like 'fabulous Games', IOC, but please tighten your belt this time around so we can have this moment to shine (but on a low budget, of course). Please give us the Games so they can jumpstart our dragging economy. Oh, & btw, we're so jealous of Barcelona, that's why we really want the Games, too. To finally show those damn Catalonian's, yeah!"

Istanbul is Tokyo's only threat, but I still wouldn't call it. It's between the largest, global metropolis in the world, or the largest, exotic metropolis in the Mediterranean. And the Castillians will be left to smell the fumes once again.

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Thyroid cancer risk for 2,000 Fukushima workers: TEPCO

Published July 19, 2013 AFP

TOKYO, Tokyo province (AFP) – Around 2,000 people who have worked at Japan's wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant face a heightened risk of thyroid cancer, its operator said Friday.

Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) said 1,973 people -- around 10 percent of those employed in emergency crews involved in the clean-up since the meltdowns -- were believed to have been exposed to enough radiation to cause potential problems.

The figure is a 10-fold increase on TEPCO's previous estimate of the number of possible thyroid cancer victims and comes after the utility was told its figures were too conservative.

Each worker in this group was exposed to at least 100 millisieverts of radiation, projections show.

Although little is known about the exact health effects of radiation on the human body, the level is considered by doctors to be a possible threshold for increased cancer risk.

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant became the site of the worst nuclear disaster in a generation after the massive tsunami of March 2011 destroyed its cooling systems.

The plant's reactors went through meltdowns that caused explosions in the buildings housing them, spewing radioactive materials into the air, sea and soil.

Tens of thousands of people were forced from their homes in a large area around the plant, where crews continue to clear debris and cool the reactors.

The fragility of the wrecked plant was brought into sharp relief again Thursday with the discovery of steam in the roofless building around Reactor 3.

TEPCO said Friday it still did not know exactly where the steam was coming from, although readings showed it was no more radioactive than expected and suggested it could have been accumulated rainwater.

The huge utility, which has faced frequent criticism for downplaying dangers and not being forthcoming about problems at the site, revised its method of estimating the level of radiation exposure among workers earlier this month.

TEPCO reported to the World Health Organization in December that only 178 workers at the plant were believed to have received radiation doses to their thyroid glands above 100 millisieverts.

Japan's health ministry voiced concern that the criteria the company used in its estimates of exposure for its own workers as well as for those employed by contractors were too narrow, and called on the utility to re-evaluate its methods.

There were also errors in calculations and differences of interpretation.

Not all of the approximately 20,000 workers have actually been tested. The numbers have been arrived at by extrapolating the results of tests that have been carried out.

All 1,973 workers now deemed to be at increased risk of thyroid cancer are eligible for an annual thyroid checkup and other health services paid for by the company.

TEPCO has already informed those affected about the health and monitoring programmes.

Tens of thousands of people were forced from their homes by the threat of radiation in the immediate aftermath of the disaster, with many still unable to return.

While the natural disaster claimed more than 18,000 lives, no one is officially recorded as having died as a direct result of the radiation released by the disaster.
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http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/07/19/thyroid-cancer-risk-for-2000-fukushima-workers-tepco/#ixzz2ZYk2Xf8b

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Fukushima Plant Admits Radioactive Water Leaked To Sea

07/22/13 09:42 AM ET EDT Associated Press

TOKYO — A Japanese utility said Monday its crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is likely leaking contaminated water into sea, acknowledging for the first time a problem long suspected by experts.

Tokyo Electric Power Co., which operates the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, also came under fire Monday for not disclosing earlier that the number of plant workers with thyroid radiation exposures exceeding threshold levels for increased cancer risks was 10 times what it said released earlier.

The delayed announcements underscored the criticisms the company has faced over the Fukushima crisis. TEPCO has been repeatedly blamed for overlooking early signs, and covering up or delaying the disclosure of problems and mishaps.

Company spokesman Masayuki Ono told a regular news conference that plant officials have come to believe that radioactive water that leaked from the wrecked reactors is likely to have seeped into the underground water system and escaped into sea.

Nuclear officials and experts have suspected a leak from the Fukushima Dai-ichi since early in the crisis. Japan's nuclear watchdog said two weeks ago a leak was highly suspected and ordered TEPCO to examine the problem.

TEPCO had persistently denied contaminated water reached the sea, despite spikes in radiation levels in underground and sea water samples taken at the plant. The utility first acknowledged an abnormal increase in radioactive cesium levels in an observation well near the coast in May and has since monitored water samples.

Ono said plant officials believe a leak is possible because the underground water levels in suspected areas fluctuate in accordance with tide movements and rainfalls.

"We are very sorry for causing concerns. We have made efforts not to cause any leak to the outside, but we might have failed to do so," he said.

Ono said the radioactive elements detected in water samples are believed to largely come from initial leaks that have remained since earlier in the crisis. He said the leak has stayed near the plant inside the bay, and officials believe very little has spread further into the Pacific Ocean.

Marine biologists have warned that the radioactive water may be leaking continuously into the sea from the underground, citing high radioactivity in fish samples taken near the plant.

Most fish and seafood from along the Fukushima coast are barred from domestic markets and exports.

Ono said that an estimated 1,972 plant workers, or 10 percent of those checked, had thyroid exposure doses exceeding 100 millisieverts – a threshold for increased risk of developing cancer – instead of the 178 based on checks of 522 workers reported to the World Health Organization last year.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/22/fukushima-radioactive-water-leaks-into-sea_n_3634352.html?utm_hp_ref=world

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Stocks that may do well if Japan wins the 2020 Olympic bid
Published: Wednesday, 31 Jul 2013 | 7:51 PM ET
By: Dhara Ranasinghe | Senior Writer
Tokyo is one of three cities in the running to host the 2020 Olympic Games and with a vote on the successful country due in September, there are a number of Japanese stocks that could do well if Tokyo wins the bid, says one equity strategist.
Well-known brands such as Canon, advertising firm Dentsu and security company Secom are among the companies that Ben Collett, head of Asian equities at Sunrise Brokers in Hong Kong, recommends investors snap up if they think Tokyo has a good chance of hosting the Games.
Japan's capital city is going head-to-head with Madrid and Istanbul in the bid to host one of the world's most famous sporting events, and according to media reports, Tokyo has a narrow edge over its rivals.
"Construction firms have been doing well in anticipation of Tokyo winning the bid and among the other names we think will do well include the big brands that will get exposure from sponsorship deals such as Softbank, Hitachi and Fujitsu," said Collett.
He said his firm did not take positions in these companies but had advised clients to buy them.
"We had recommended a short position in Fast Retailing, which we've taken off," he said, referring to the Japanese retailer which runs the Uniqlo fashion chain.
Japan's blue-chip Nikkei has been the best performing major equity market this year, with gains of about 30 percent.
A mix of aggressive monetary stimulus from the Bank of Japan, brighter economic prospects and a weak yen, have all propelled Japanese shares higher and a successful win for Tokyo in the 2020 Olympic bid could give the market an additional boost.
"There is an expectation that Tokyo will win the Olympic bid so there are a number of stocks you could buy to position for that," said Collett. "If you have to narrow down the list then I would say Canon, Fast Retailing, Dentsu and Secom."
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UPDATE 1-Japan nuclear body says radioactive water at Fukushima an "emergency"

TOKYO, (Reuters) Mon Aug 5, 2013 10:39pm EDT

* Fukushima radioactive groundwater could breach surface, regulator says

* Watchdog panel head says Tepco's 'sense of crisis is weak'

* Official says leaks into ocean exceed legal limits

* Tepco apologises, says taking steps to block further leaks into ocean

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/06/japan-fukushima-panel-idUSL4N0G703820130806

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/aug/05/fukushima-nuclear-plant-emergency-radioactive-groundwater

http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/08/06/19891351-radioactive-water-seeping-into-pacific-from-fukushima-is-emergency-official-says?lite

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Why would Fukushima have an effect on the 2020 bid? Japan is by far the most cautious of nations regarding Nuclear power.

Yes a horrible tragedy occured and there will be generations of suffering, but this has no relevence on Tokyo.

As for the VANK group of Sth Koreans with their strong opinions...We need to remember Japan's unbelievably brutal imperialist recent past, and the burning anger around the region that Japan compensates but refuses to apologies for it.

Probibly wont have any effect on the vote though, and Japan is the safest pair of hands.

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Why would Fukushima have an effect on the 2020 bid? Japan is by far the most cautious of nations regarding Nuclear power.

Yes a horrible tragedy occured and there will be generations of suffering, but this has no relevence on Tokyo.

As for the VANK group of Sth Koreans with their strong opinions...We need to remember Japan's unbelievably brutal imperialist recent past, and the burning anger around the region that Japan compensates but refuses to apologies for it.

Probibly wont have any effect on the vote though, and Japan is the safest pair of hands.

This is true.

A shame that this trolling is probably going to take over the Tokyo threads in the lead up to the vote.

Still, I guess it's abit of fun.

Guess where in the world a newbie will come from every day , a modern version of Carmen San Diego I guess. Im personally hoping we see someone reporting in direct from Pune India next, ready and waiting to copy, paste and regurgitate some handy link and quote for us.

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More young Japanese diagnosed with cancer after nuclear disaster

TOKYO, AUG 21:

The Hindu

Six more young people from Fukushima prefecture in Japan have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer since Japan’s worst nuclear accident in 2011, news reports said on Wednesday.

There are now a total of 18 cancer cases among people who were 18 or younger at the time of the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, the Kyodo News Agency reported, citing local Government officials.

Twenty-five others were also suspected of suffering from some form of cancer, up from 15 in a June report, Kyodo said.

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/international/more-young-japanese-diagnosed-with-cancer-after-nuclear-disaster/article5044352.ece

More young Japanese diagnosed with cancer after nuclear disaster

TOKYO, AUG 21: The Hindu

Six more young people from Fukushima prefecture in Japan have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer since Japan’s worst nuclear accident in 2011, news reports said on Wednesday.

There are now a total of 18 cancer cases among people who were 18 or younger at the time of the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, the Kyodo News Agency reported, citing local Government officials.

Twenty-five others were also suspected of suffering from some form of cancer, up from 15 in a June report, Kyodo said.

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/...cle5044352.ece

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Meanwhile, you French have no problems arsing your way down into the South Pacific to test your nuclear bombs in our patch of this planet, go figure. :rolleyes:

We stopped in 1996 you muppet.

BTW it happens to be our patch also.....

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LOL , oh cheers for that. Much appreciated. Also ta for stopping with the bombing of our boats. Our present is in the mail, still on route Im guessing. :P

PS: you don't actually have to live amongst the bits and pieces of nuclear shift that was left .

My point basically, is that each country has their issues and tissues to deal with.

Do we know where our trolling friends are coming from?

I was in Japan a couple of months after Fukushima, granted the government and TEPCO right royally fudged up on many regards, but the Japanese people won me over with the way they handled themselves, and the way we were treated as tourists.

Granted that is irrelevant to newbie 1 and 2, but my experience there really did invigorate my want for the city to be host to the world again.

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LOL , oh cheers for that. Much appreciated. Also ta for stopping with the bombing of our boats. Our present is in the mail, still on route Im guessing. :P

PS: you don't actually have to live amongst the bits and pieces of nuclear shift that was left .

My point basically, is that each country has their issues and tissues to deal with.

Do we know where our trolling friends are coming from?

I was in Japan a couple of months after Fukushima, granted the government and TEPCO right royally fudged up on many regards, but the Japanese people won me over with the way they handled themselves, and the way we were treated as tourists.

Granted that is irrelevant to newbie 1 and 2, but my experience there really did invigorate my want for the city to be host to the world again.

I've no idea whether "Jean Finel" really is from Paris, my home city, as he claims but the fact that he's a troll and seems dead against Tokyo winning seems obvious. Then again this last minute trolling and the spreading of disinformation are now part and parcel of the bidding process unfortunately.

We should know......

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True enough

I remember being on here on the old threaded TSG boards in 2000/2001, Im trying to remember if we had stuff like that over what was surely the highly controversial (but expected) race for 2008 with Beijing.

I was a naive Olympic bid newbie back then, flying my Paris 2008 flag at the time, staggering how long ago that seems.

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Nuclear Regulation Authority in Japan to upgrade Fukushima crisis to ‘serious incident’
21/08 11:34 CET Euronews
Medical examinations have shown that 18 children have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer since the crisis began.
It also said the Tokyo Electric Power Company, the operator of the plant was unable to cope “in some respects” with the situation.

Disturbing thyroid cancer rise in Fukushima minors
Published time: August 21, 2013 11:46 Russia Today
Around 90 percent of those who were exposed to hazardous levels of radiation do not meet the criteria for free cancer screenings provided by the ministry and TEPCO – the Fukushima Daiichi power plant owner.
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Nuclear Regulation Authority in Japan to upgrade Fukushima crisis to ‘serious incident’
21/08 11:34 CET Euronews
Medical examinations have shown that 18 children have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer since the crisis began.
It also said the Tokyo Electric Power Company, the operator of the plant was unable to cope “in some respects” with the situation.

Disturbing thyroid cancer rise in Fukushima minors
Published time: August 21, 2013 11:46 Russia Today
Around 90 percent of those who were exposed to hazardous levels of radiation do not meet the criteria for free cancer screenings provided by the ministry and Tokyo Electric Power Company – the Fukushima Daiichi power plant owner.

Nuclear Regulation Authority in Japan to upgrade Fukushima crisis to ‘serious incident’
21/08 11:34 CET Euronews
Medical examinations have shown that 18 children have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer since the crisis began.
It also said the Tokyo Electric Power Company, the operator of the plant was unable to cope “in some respects” with the situation.
Disturbing thyroid cancer rise in Fukushima minors
Published time: August 21, 2013 11:46 Russia Today
Around 90 percent of those who were exposed to hazardous levels of radiation do not meet the criteria for free cancer screenings provided by the ministry and Tokyo Electric Power Company – the Fukushima Daiichi power plant owner.

Nuclear Regulation Authority in Japan to upgrade Fukushima crisis to ‘serious incident’
21/08 11:34 CET Euronews
Medical examinations have shown that 18 children have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer since the crisis began.
It also said the Tokyo Electric Power Company, the operator of the plant was unable to cope “in some respects” with the situation.
Disturbing thyroid cancer rise in Fukushima minors
Published time: August 21, 2013 11:46 Russia Today
Around 90 percent of those who were exposed to hazardous levels of radiation do not meet the criteria for free cancer screenings provided by the ministry and Tokyo Electric Power Company – the Fukushima Daiichi power plant owner.
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We stopped in 1996 you muppet.

BTW it happens to be our patch also.....

FRANCE IS STILL NOT FORGIVEN FOR IT'S ACTIONS Re THE RAINBOW WARRIOR...naughty naughty.

But anyhoo, the troll bombers, in reality, have no effect on the outcome of the vote. As for the poor old Pacific, apart from all the damage France has done, theres enough garbage to fill the worlds shippings with it.

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Just about two weeks to the vote, and this nuclear spam is about the only action. Still so much calmer than the hostilities and shennanigans leading up to the 2012 and 2016 votes.

Anyway:

Fukushima poses "no threat" to Tokyo, insists 2020 Olympic bid official

August 20 - A senior Tokyo 2020 official has insisted the Fukushima nuclear plant poses "no threat" to the Japanese capital despite news that the facility has sprung a leak of highly radioactive water.

The plant's operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), admitted yesterday that at least 300 tonnes of water had seeped from a storage tank into the ground, marking the worst leak in almost two and a half years since the earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.

The radiation level of the water, which continues to leak, is about 100 millisieverts per hour - a person standing 50 centimetres away would, within an hour, receive a radiation dose five times the average annual global limit for nuclear workers.

After 10 hours, a worker in that proximity to the leak would develop radiation sickness with symptoms including nausea and a drop in white blood cells.

However, Tokyo 2020's acting communications director Masa Takaya seems unconcerned by the problem as the Fukushima site is located at a safe distance from the city.

"I have seen news reports about activity at the Fukushima plant," he told insidethegames.

"There is no threat in Tokyo with the plant over 250km away and the city's safety is not affected.

"Japanese Government officials are taking all necessary steps to control the situation, and experts are acting quickly and efficiently.

"Tokyo 2020's bid effort remains focused on providing the best possible stage for athletes, and we will work closely with all relevant Government authorities to ensure the safety of all Games participants."

Before the 2011 Fukushima meltdown, the worst nuclear accident since the Chernobyl disaster of 1986, Japan depended on nuclear power for about 30 per cent of its electricity.

Now almost all of the nation's 50 operable reactors have been taken offline for safety inspections.

Tokyo is currently tied in a bidding race against Madrid and Istanbul for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics.

The winning host city will be named at the 125th International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session in Buenos Aires on September 7.

Insidethegames

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Maybe it's not a threat to Tokyo (which I think is a bold lie), but is that the only issue?

I am not a troll, this stuff is just unbelievably dangerous to people’s health and I believe the Japanese government has been more focused on spin than fix.

Fukashima Update: North American Food Supply Poisoned Along Pacific Coast - Natural News

If you live on the West Coast of the U.S. or Canada, you may want to reconsider your water filtration method as well as how you select and prepare food. Evidently, the nightmare of Fukushima is far from over - another 16 million years to be exact. Due to the astonishingly long half-life of iodine-129, the whole ecosystem of the Pacific Coast will be contaminated pretty much forever.

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It's sad and concerning, but the spotlight on Fukushima's was always going to be ongoing, and the immediate area is unlikely to feature on too many casual travel itineries for a long time. But I'm not seeing any of this affect travel and business in Tokyo. I'm no expert on radiation, but I'd be a bit more concerned if the IAEA was advising the evacuation of Tokyo, national governments were advising no-one to travel to Japan, Chernobyl had turned Kiev into a ghost town, and Three Mile island had forced the cancellation of Lake Placid in 1980.

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