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A terrific news story about yesterday’s anti-nuclear power demo in Tokyo which drew 60,000 protesters
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Here is a long list of the media coverage of the event!
Indeed! The whole world has watched and valued this 60K citizen’s action & powerful messages we, the Japanese people expressed!
Power to the people right on!
さようなら原発集会・デモ 報道リンク
Tokyo anti-nuclear rally draws thousands
North Asia correspondent Mark Willacy
Updated September 20, 2011 07:26:23
An estimated 60,000 people have taken to the streets of Tokyo in
the the largest anti-nuclear demonstration since the Fukushima nuclear meltdown
six months ago.

They are calling on the Japanese government to end what they describe as
their country’s “addiction to nuclear power”, but prime minister Yoshihiko Noda
has signalled that Japan needs nuclear energy.

Organisers, who had hoped 50,000 people would turn up, said protesters
converged from all parts of the country, including from the fallout zone in

“This protest is an expression of Japanese public opinion. And what we are
saying is that we don’t need nuclear power plants. We have to change to
renewable energy,” Fukishima resident Toshikazu Kogure said.

Also among the crowd was a group of fashion designers as well as a homeless
association, celebrities, office workers, and housewives. And at times, the
speeches brought many to tears.

“The Fukushima disaster has made all Japanese very worried. We have to find
new energy sources and stop our reliance on nuclear. That’s why 60,000 people
have gathered here,” protester Keiko Kimigaki said.

After rallying and chanting in a Tokyo park, the protesters hit the streets.
And they kept on coming. Their march stretched back over several city

But the challenge for these demonstrators will be maintaining the momentum,
especially with the new prime minister in Japan, who signalled that he is keen
to retain nuclear energy.

In fact, Mr Noda will tell the United Nations later this week that Japan and
its economy must continue to rely on nuclear energy for now.

His predecessor wanted to phase it out.

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Now free of the burden of office, former prime minister Naoto Kan has
revealed that as prime minister at the time of the disaster he contemplated the
worst-case scenario – the evacuation of 30 million people from Tokyo and the
surrounding area.

In the end it did not come come to that, but Mr Kan said if it had, Japan
would not have been able to function as a state.

Some would argue that this state is finally functioning as it should, with
tens of thousands publicly questioning the policies of their government and the
competence of the nuclear companies.

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Topics: nuclear-issues, nuclear-energy, environment,
alternative-energy, nuclear-accident, japan

First posted September 20, 2011

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