Greenpeace says it has discovered a high-radiation spot, a so-called “hot spot,” at the start of the torch at the Tokyo Olympics.
Japan decided to make the Olympics a symbol of reconstruction and revival, and planned to travel around the Fukushima nuclear power plant with a torch route.
J-villa is located about 20km south of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.
This is where the Tokyo Olympic torch, which arrived in Athens, Greece, in March next year.
However, Greenpeace’s survey of international environmental organizations found that high radiation doses, so-called ‘hot spots’, were found in several places.
The radiation dose measured at the parking lot surface is 71 microsieverts per hour.
308 times the standard value and 1775 times higher than before the nuclear accident.
The Japanese government has also re-investigated the same figures and completed emergency decontamination work.
But many people, including children, were at risk.
The problem is that no other torch relay can guarantee its safety.
The torch from J-village is designed to travel around the nuclear power plant for three days.
It is a route through the so-called ‘non-returnable zone’, where people cannot live because of high radiation dose.
The torch relay was the place where the Japanese government contributed to intensive decontamination work.
The survey shows that temporary decontamination eventually failed, and there is plenty of potential for further contamination.