(Tokyo Shimbun: January 7, 2016 – p.22)
In response to the announcement by North Korea of its “hydrogen bomb test,” Tokyo Governor Yoichi Masuzoe and the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly released statements. The ward mayors of Shibuya, Bunkyo, Suginami, Chuo, and Minato also mailed letters of protest to the North Korean government.
Governor Masuzoe said in his statement: “The nuclear test is an insult to Japan as the only nation in the world to have suffered a nuclear bombing as well as the international community. It is absolutely unacceptable.”
The Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly released a statement of protest under the joint signatures of the chairman and vice chairman, as well as the secretary-generals of each assembly group. “Tokyo was once engulfed in war and suffered tremendous casualties,” said the statement. “The residents of Tokyo are earnestly hoping for the abolishment of nuclear weapons.”
Following North Korea’s announcement, the Metropolitan Government has increased its measurement of radioactive substances in the atmosphere. The Tokyo Metropolitan Industrial Technology Research Institute is now taking samples every 8 hours, or three times a day, instead every 24 hours. (Abridged)