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Letter from Ambassador Murata to the UN Secretary-General


Letter from Ambassador Murata to the UN Secretary-General




The Honorable António Guterres

Secretary–General of the United Nations Organization

New York City, NY.


Tokyo, May 26, 2018


Dear Secretary-General António Guterres,


Please allow me to draw your attention to the persistent and deepening Fukushima crisis.


It is essential not to forget the crucial fact that the state of emergency promulgated after the Fukushima accident still persists and will not be annulled hereafter for more than 100 years according to reliable experts.

It is simply abnormal not to consecrate maximum efforts to this task. The Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 should be considered as out of the question. Its preparations, however, are being promoted without hesitation.


The International Olympic Committee continues not to respond to  increasing legitimate requests from various quarters to reexamine the false assertion "under control", publicly condemned as a “big lie” by Former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi. He is now engaged in promoting a national movement against nuclear reactors, together with Former Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa.


Former Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, in the interview article of the Japan Times of January 21,2016, pleaded for Japan’s retreat from the Tokyo Olympic Games. He has recently sent me a message in which he expressed his appreciation and expectations of women’s role in this crucial problem.

 In this connection, there is a growing support for the plea to make shift the current paternal civilization based on power and domination to a maternal civilization based on harmony and solidarity.

On May 16,the House of Councilors unanimously approved a law aimed at equalizing eventually the number of male and female candidates in national elections.


Women are expected to remind the world of the very lesson of the Fukushima nuclear accident that requires the shift of priority from economy to life.

The current Japanese society, exposing one scandal after another, reminds the whole world of the well-known warning of the ancient Chinese philosopher Laozi; “The Heaven’s vengeance is slow but sure”. It reminds us of the law of history that does not allow immorality to last long.


I wish you the best of luck in your noble and increasingly challenging mission.


Please accept, Secretary-General António Guterres , the assurances of my highest consideration.






Mitsuhei Murata

Former Japanese Ambassador to Switzerland and Senegal

Honorary Professor of Tianjin University of Science and Technology (China)



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