With the closing ceremony...

...comes the end of our Campaign “Tokyo 2020 – The Radioactive Olympics”

23.03.2021 One year later than planned and despite all the protests, the Summer Olympic Games have taken place: ten years after the catastrophe that shocked the country in March 2010 – the earthquake, the tsunami and the multiple nuclear meltdowns in Fukushima.

As the end of the Paralympics drew to a close, so did our two-year campaign “Tokyo 2020 – The Radioactive Olympics“. We have achieved a great deal together: we invoked the international Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Japanese government not to hold the baseball and softball games in the city of Fukushima as well as to stop the torch relay from running through the contaminated areas in Fukushima prefecture. Through this we were able to raise the international public profile of the dramatic situation of those still affected in Japan. We were also able to inform the German Olympic Sports Confederation (Deutscher Olympischen Sportbund) of the consequences of Fukushima and the fate of the people living there. The survivors of the atom bombing on Hiroshima also protested at the IOC when President Bach rejected the request for a minute’s silence on Hiroshima Remembrance Day.


Press release IPPNW Germany March 23 2021

Olympic show in the exclusion zone

Start of the Olympic torch relay in Fukushima on 25 March

23.03.2021 The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Japanese government should abandon the torch relay in the contaminated areas of Fukushima Prefecture as well as the baseball and softball competitions in Fukushima City. This is the demand made by anti-nuclear organisations IPPNW, .ausgestrahlt and Sayonara Nukes Berlin, on the occasion of the torch relay starting on Thursday in Fukushima. Despite the nuclear catastrophe in Japan, which started over ten years ago and is still going on, the government continues to plan on holding competitions and the torch relay in Fukushima. Despite radioactivity along the torch route, local restrictions are only due to the Corona pandemic: There will be no reception ceremonies on the route and the number of spectators during the run will be kept to a minimum.


In 2021, Japan is inviting athletes from around the world to take part in the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. We are hoping for the games to be fair and peaceful. At the same time, we are worried about plans to host baseball and softball competitions in Fukushima City, just 50 km away from the ruins of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. It was here, in 2011, that multiple nuclear meltdowns took place, spreading radioactivity across Japan and the Pacific Ocean – a catastrophe comparable only to the nuclear meltdown of Chernobyl.

If you are interested, please contact us at olympia2020[at]ippnw.de 


Article from Dr. Alex Rosen, IPPNW Germany

Thyroid cancer in Fukushima

9 years after the multiple nuclear meltdowns

09.03.2020 On February 13th, 2020, the Oversight Committee of  the  Fukushima  Health  Management  Survey presented the new set of thyroid cancer data (up until September 30th, 2019). After the initial screening of approximately 300,000 children who were living in Fukushima  Prefecture  at  the  time  of  the  multiple  nuclear meltdowns or were born shortly thereafter (2011-2014), follow-up examinations were carried out every two years. The second examinations has already been completed, the third one is in its final phase and the fourth series of examinations has now been underway since 2018.

Press release PSR/IPPNW Switzerland

Swiss and German doctors warn the IOC

Current nuclear policy in Olympic Japan: Fukushima children risk severe radio-induced disease and death.

Lausanne, 26th February 2020 About 1 in 15 children born in 2011 exposed to 100 Millisievert (mSv) will suffer from radio-induced cancer or other life threatening disease during lifetime under the Japanese radiation dose limits currently in force. In regions radiocontaminated by the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant accident these risks will last for hundredsof years. These regionsare uninhabitable according to the  usual radioprotection limit of 1 mSv/year. In 2020 the Fukushima NPP catastrophe is by no means  controlled.


27.11.2019 The Summer Olympics in Tokyo are approaching. We have branded them the "Radioactive Olympic Games", because Japan is still suffering from radioactive contamination due to the multiple nuclear meltdowns in Fukushima nine years ago. We stand in solidarity with all those affected by radioactivity in Japan. The Olympic Movement needs to address their situation. We oppose this attempt to use the Olympics to portray a false normality in the affected regions. We demand that the International Olympic Committee and the Japanese government refrain from holding the baseball and softball competitions in Fukushima City and the Olympic torch relay in radioactively contaminated areas. Support our demand with your signature.


Press release of the campaign "Tokyo 2020 - The Radioactive Olympics"

Doctors issue warning about "Radioactive Olympic Games 2020"

24.07.2019 A year before the start of the Tokyo Olympics, the nuclear disaster in Fukushima is not under control. In radiation protection suits, with the Olympic rings supplemented by a radioactivity symbol and a redesigned Olympic torch, the activists drew attention to the continuing danger posed by the damaged reactors in Fukushima. They stressed that the Olympic Games should not be used to divert attention from the fate of the inhabitants of the irradiated regions and the continuing radioactive threat.


Press Release IPPNW Germany March 25 2019

Tokyo 2020 - The Radioactive Olympics

International campaign launched by physicians

Tomorrow in one year, on March 26 2020, the Olympic torch relay will start in the radioactively contaminated Fukushima Prefecture. This is why tomorrow, a group of anti-nuclear oranizations in Germany, Switzerland, France and Japan will launch an international information campaign entitled „Tokyo 2020 - The Radioactive Olympics”. The campaign will focus on the ongoing radioactive contamination of parts of Japan due to the nuclear catastrope of Fukushima, which began eight years ago. 


Letter to National Olympic Committees

Become active and write to your National Olympic Committee

Become active and write a letter to your National Olympic Committee. The letter describes the thoughts behind our campaign and ends with an offer to enter a constructive dialogue and inform the athletes about the situation in Fukushima and ongoing health risks from radioactive contamination. Similar letters have been sent out to the International Olympic Committee and the German National Olympic Committee. We would welcome it, if you want to take this letter, adapt it to your needs, perhaps translate it and send it to your own National Olympic Committee.





Statement of IPPNW Germany regardingParticipation in the Olympic Games in Japan
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IPPNW report

30 years living with Chernobyl
– 5 years living with Fukushima

Publication by IPPNW Germany and PSR USA
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