Letter to IAEA concerning Contract between Fukushima prefecture, Fukui prefecture and IAEA

Department of Nuclear Safety and Security
International Atomic Energy Agency
Vienna International Centre

Contract between Fukushima prefecture, Fukui prefecture and IAEA

Dear Madam and Sir

I have been extremely concerned with the Tokyo Shimbun investigation results about the dealings of the Fukushima prefecture, the Fukui prefecture respectively and the IAEA.

We are told that you signed a confidentiality agreement. With a history of downplaying the impacts of nuclear accidents as happened with the Chernobyl accident these news are causing comprehensible doubts.

In early 2013 I already talked to a representative of the Japanese Embassy about the accusations of Mr. Katsutaka Idogawa, the former Mayor of Futaba-machi. He also accused the Fukushima prefecture of trying to underestimate the impact of the nuclear accident as they did not release any data on environmental radioactivity prediction collected via SPEEDI[1] and as they did not disclose the results of the Health Management Survey which clearly is violating the rights of the residents in Fukushima.

There is a growing distrust in parts of the civil society and they want to know who asked for the confidentiality clause. It is not that information “contribute to worsening the residents’ anxiety”, as stated in the agreement. In my opinion it is a duty to publish the facts and rather enhance public awareness by it. Therefore I ask you to provide all necessary information to the affected citizens.

I kindly request a statement from the IAEA concerning this matter.

Yours sincerely

Sylvia Kotting-Uhl MP

[1] System for Prediction of Environment Emergency Dose Information

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