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Tuesday, March 03, 2020, 15:00 - 16:00

Kazumasa Aoki, Vice President, Radioactivity Monitoring Center for Citizen
Nobuyoshi Ito, Iitate Village Resident
Jun Nakamura, Co-Chairman, Fukuichi Area Environmental Radiation Monitoring Project

(The speech and Q & A will be in English or Japanese with English interpretation)

"Radioactive Hotspots along Olympic Torch Relay Route"

Japan describes the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games as the "Reconstruction Olympics", hoping to showcase Fukushima's resilience and recovery since the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster of March 11, 2011.
The nationwide Olympic Torch Relay will flag off soon after the tragedy's ninth anniversary at the J-Village Sports Complex, and is set to pass through some of the prefecture's hardest-hit areas, including the village of Iitate, which farmer Nobuyoshi Ito calls home.

Ito has worked with two local non-profit groups to study radioactive levels along or around the Olympic Torch Relay route. Of 69 locations measured, they found 44 sites with radioactive levels above the government's decontamination target of 0.23 microsieverts per hour (μSv/h). One severe hotspot, at 0.85μSv/h, was found on the torch relay route. Their survey is independent of studies by another non-profit, Greenpeace Japan, whose findings of high radiation levels near the J-Village complex last year prompted the Environment Ministry and Tokyo Electric Power Company to take decontamination action.

Ito will come to the FCCJ to present the survey findings, along with Kazumasa Aoki, the vice-president of the Radioactivity Monitoring Center for Citizen, and Jun Nakamura, who co-chairs the Fukuichi Area Environmental Radiation Monitoring Project, and discuss what the results mean for the region's recovery.

Doors open for TV crews only at 14:30, all others at 14:45. Please reserve in advance, 03-3211-3161 or on the website (still & TV cameras inclusive). Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation. Livestreaming of press conferences are available on our website (http://www.fccj.or.jp).

*Due to space restrictions, please note there will be a limited number of reservations to attend. FCCJ members, including TV cameras, will have priority for the reservation and seating/setting positions and one TV camera for affiliate networks.

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Kazumasa Aoki                                           Nobuyoshi Ito                                   Jun Nakamura

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