SEOUL, Oct. 30 (Korea Bizwire) — The Voluntary Agency Network of Korea (VANK), a cyber diplomacy organization, has begun a campaign to inform the world about nuclear safety issues in Japan.
On Tuesday, VANK posted a petition on Change.org, the world’s largest petition website, asking global citizens to pay attention to nuclear safety issues surrounding the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Users can sign the petition by becoming a member of the website, allowing each petition to forecast world public opinion based on the number of people who have signed, while putting pressure on those whom the petitions target.
In the petition, VANK based their argument on Article 2 section 10 and section 14 of the Olympic Charter, which emphasizes the need to protect the health of athletes and visitors, and take an interest in environmental issues.
VANK referred to a Greenpeace survey conducted on March in Fukushima arguing that “Fukushima’s radiation level is still eight times higher than the international safety limit.”
VANK asked the International Olympic Committee to (1) request that Japan ban the use of agricultural and marine products from Fukushima, (2) request that Japan not use stadiums that are close to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, and (3) request that Japan be transparent in releasing all of its radiation safety test results.
“The Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games decided to allow the Japanese ‘hakenkreuz’ flag into stadiums, and rejected any further discussion on food products from Fukushima,” VANK head Park Ki-tae said.
“We have posted the petition to raise public awareness about the issue worldwide.”
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