VANK is on progress with a Global Petition calling for the attention of the International Olympic Committee and the international community on the radiation issue of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The host country announced that the agricultural products produced in Fukushima are safe. and that it will provide meals with Fukushima-produced agricultural and marine products to athletes participating in the Tokyo Olympics. However, agricultural products from Fukushima are cultivated alongside radioactive soil that is neglected throughout Fukushima. In aquatic products such as catfish and brown trout from Fukushima, cesium is detected more than three times the standard value, and the WTO determined that the import restrictions on Fukushima seafood in 2019 were justified.
However. Japan also decided to run the games adjacent to the Fukushima nuclear power plant. They set a baseball and a softball field 70 kilometers from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear water plant, and only 20 kilometers from the Fukushima nuclear power plant as the Olympic torch relay route. More than 30 years after the accident, the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine is still an uninhabited area within a 30km radius. The Olympics is a sports festival for athletes around the world. The most basic premise of the Olympic Ideology of improving the mind and body through sports and contributing to the realization of a peaceful and better world is the health of athletes and participants. Accordingly, VANK demands the following for the health of athletes and spectators in accordance with the Olympic Spirit and the Article 2, Clause 10 of the Charter. First, the IOC must request that Japan bans the use of agricultural and marine products from Fukushima, in order to protect the health of athletes. Second, the IOC must request that Japan not use stadiums that are close to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclelar power plant. Third, the IOC should request that Japan be transparent in releasing all of its radiation safety test results. This petition is for the safety and health, survival and peace of us, Koreans and Japanese, Asians and global citizens, and even for our next generation!