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Tweets: Independent Monitoring of Fukushima Radiation
Posted (Tom Wyatt) on 01-05-2011

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. You can help –
Tweet a message to Japan’s Prime Minister by clicking
one of these twitter buttons:
Dear sir, please allow Greenpeace to conduct its crucial marine radiation
testing inside Japan’s 12 mile zone @JPN_PMO #rw-japan
Greenpeace’s marine radiation research is vital to protect lives and
livelihoods, and is needed now. @JPN_PMO #rw-japan Dear @JPN_PMO please
let Greenpeace conduct its crucial marine radiation monitoring #rw-japan
http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/campaigns/nuclear/safety/accidents/Fukushima-nuclear-disaster/Tweet-for-research/

If you prefer to write your own Twitter message:

• Messages should go to @JPN_PMO
• Please include the hashtag #rw-japan so we can keep track of how
many people send messages.
• Please be polite! This is really important.

Background information
• Blog: Marine radiation monitoring blocked by Japanese government
External link
• Greenpeace marine radiation monitoring blocked by Japanese government
Press release
• Research proposal for Rainbow Warrior
Document
• Our land based research
Background
Main Fukushima updates page
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

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