Japanese media: Japanese government treats UN nuclear accident investigation requirements with double standards

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China News Service, July 3, According to Kyodo News Agency of Japan on the 2nd, the Japanese government did not respond to the request of the UN Special Rapporteur to investigate the damage of the Fukushima nuclear accident and actually put it on hold. One after another. Some rapporteurs have not even received a reply for more than 5 years. On the other hand, rapporteurs whose survey topics are favorable to the Japanese government have been received, and there are more and more opinions criticizing this “double standard” (human rights group language) practice.

Japanese media: Japanese government treats UN nuclear accident investigation requirements with double standards

I wanted to listen to the opinions of decision makers and residents on issues such as the abandonment of treated water from nuclear power plants…”. Hazardous waste rapporteur Baskut Tuncak requested 5 times from February 2015 to February 2019 The visit to Japan failed to materialize until the end of the term in July 2020.

According to reports, Cecilia Jimenez-Damary, the rapporteur on the human rights situation of internally displaced persons, started in August 2018. , In order to investigate the living conditions of the evacuees from the nuclear accident, they requested to visit Japan three times, but none was answered. Cecilia said: “I understand that it is difficult to achieve due to the new crown epidemic, etc., but I hope to visit and investigate the evacuees and communicate with Japan. Government dialogue. ”

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan explained that “the meeting and coordination failed” in response to the request to visit Japan, and stated that the Japanese side has no obligation to respond, “if they can receive it, they will contact us.” However, only from the past two years, Japan The government-led rapporteur on the elimination of discrimination against leprosy patients and the rapporteur on human rights issues in North Korea visited Japan and met with the foreign affairs officer and chief cabinet respectively.

In 2018, Tunjak requested The Japanese government’s postponement of returning children evacuated after the nuclear accident to areas with radiation levels exceeding the pre-accident safety standards has attracted strong opposition from the Japanese government. He questioned: “It feels that it is preventing critical rapporteurs from expressing their opinions. ”

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< p>On April 12, local time, outside the prime minister’s office in Tokyo, local people held a rally to protest the Japanese government’s plan to discharge purified water from the disaster-stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant into the sea.

The rapporteur’s activities made the Japanese government nervous. Regarding the student subsidy program under the new crown epidemic, four rapporteurs responsible for racial discrimination wrote a letter to the Japanese government in February requesting that the “discriminatory” practice of excluding North Korean university students be corrected. The content of the letter was reported in June. , Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Kato Katsunobu immediately refuted: “This does not belong to wanton discrimination based on race, ethnicity, or nationality. ”

In 2017, the rapporteur in charge of privacy issues, Joseph Cannataci, criticized the revised “Organized Crime Punishment Act” that included the subject of the crime of conspiracy, which also caused the Japanese government The strong dissatisfaction, even passed the cabinet meeting decision that “thinks that this is not the United Nations but a personal opinion.”

Chokkyo University Professor Yuko Kosaka (International Human Rights Law) pointed out: “Special Rapporteur independent of the country The existence of this is very important to avoid the politicization of the procedures for raising human rights issues and to ensure fairness. It is necessary to honestly respond to requests for visits to Japan. “