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Ask Japan's government to allow independent radiation monitoring

The Japanese Government is blocking us from carrying out crucial radiation monitoring within the country's 12 mile territorial waters. Tell Japan's Prime Minister that independent monitoring of radioactive ocean pollution is in everyone's best interest.


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Dear sir, please allow Greenpeace to conduct its marine radiation testing inside Japan’s 12 mile zone @JPN_PMO #rw-japan
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Dear @JPN_PMO please let Greenpeace conduct its crucial marine radiation monitoring #rw-japan
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Letter from Greenpeace's International Executive Director, Kumi Naidoo, to the Prime Minister of Japan:

Your Excellency Prime Minister Kan,

On behalf of Greenpeace and all of it supporters around the world I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to you and all of the people of Japan in this time of crises. The world has been moved by the dignity, courage and strength of the Japanese people in the face of extreme adversity. At this time when many brave and dedicated Japanese people struggle to bring the Fukushima nuclear complex under control we are grateful for your government’s prompt handling of our request for our flagship, the Rainbow Warrior, to be permitted to carry out radiation monitoring off the Fukushima coast. I understand that such a request would normally take many months to process and interpret your expeditious approval as recognition of the important role that Greenpeace can play in providing the public with independent information on levels of radioactive contamination.

However, the refusal to allow research on sea life, sediment and sea water in Japanese waters inside Japan’s 12 mile limit, will seriously reduce the effectiveness of the research and the level of information that can be provided to the public. I respectfully appeal to you to personally intervene to allow us to help Japanese people by providing full independent scientific information.

In the immediate wake of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster an international group of Greenpeace radiation experts led by Greenpeace Japan staff carried out land based monitoring and research. All results have been published on line. Our findings have been appreciated by local officials and members of public. However to get a more complete picture of the effects of radiation, marine based monitoring is vital.

Our teams carried out radiation monitoring on land outside the 30km mandatory evacuation zone around the Fukushima nuclear plant; mapping surface contamination and testing contamination in food and milk. Our findings were later confirmed by the authorities, who proceeded to take the necessary actions. It is important at this time to provide independent and transparent information to the Japanese people. Greenpeace stands ready to offer our full solidarity and to complement the efforts of the Japanese government and Japanese civil society to protect people’s health and livelihoods. We would be more than happy to further collaborate with the Japanese government, academics and civil society to be able to stand together with the people of Japan at this time, and having the Rainbow Warrior at hand will help in this process. We look forward to your favourable response to this appeal.

Yours sincerely,
Kumi Naidoo
Executive Director,
Greenpeace International