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The leader of Tokyo’s bid for the 2020 Olympics has sent a letter to IOC members in order to reassure them Tokyo is “completely unaffected” by the leak of radiation water from Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

According to the letter written by Mr. Tsunekazu Takeda,a Japanese IOC member, Life is “completely normal and safe” in Tokyo and the city’s air and water are not affected by Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

But fishermen and others directly affected by the tons of contaminated water flowing into the sea are skeptical. A lot of people in the radiation affected area think that this strategy is simply a ploy to avoid negative image about Tokyo ahead of a Sept. 7 vote by the International Olympic Committee to decide the host city for the 2020 Summer Games.

The Abe administration has announced specific measures to deal with the leaking problem ahead of the IOC vote in order to placate international concerns about radiation in Tokyo.

At the same time, this will likely raise criticism that lawmakers were more concerned about bringing the Olympics to Tokyo than dealing with a problem that has already hurt the fishing industry in Fukushima Prefecture.

<Media Report>
IOC hears radiation reassurance (Japan times)

Fishermen ponder whether Olympic bid, not safety is priority for Diet (Asahi Newspaper)

Tokyo bid leader assures IOC members on Fukushima (Mainichi Newspaper)

Editorial: Radioactive water leaks call Japan’s crisis management capability into question (Mainichi Newspaper)

 Prime minister’s office rushes to address Fukushima contamination as Olympic vote nears(Mainichi newspaper)

 Tokyo Olympic bid news conference hit with questions about nuke plant contamination (Mainichi Newspaper)

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