Thousands Attend Nuclear Power Protest in Tokyo Japan Ahead of Fukushima Anniversary


1394361888429.jpg-620x349Tens of thousands of citizens have turned out for an anti-nuclear rally in the Japanese capital, as the nation prepares to mark the third anniversary of the Fukushima disaster.

Demonstrators congregated at Hibiya Park, close to central government buildings, before marching around the national parliament.

They gathered to voice their anger at the nuclear industry and the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has called for resumption of nuclear reactors to power the world’s third largest economy.

“I felt it’s important that we continue to raise our voice whenever possible,” said Yasuro Kawai, a 66-year-old businessman from Chiba prefecture, east of Tokyo.


“Today, there is no electricity flowing in Japan that is made at nuclear plants. If we continue this zero nuclear status and if we make efforts to promote renewable energy and invest in energy saving technology, I think it’s possible to live without nuclear,” Mr Kawai said.

This week, Japan will mark the anniversary of the deadly 9.0-magnitude earthquake that hit the northern region on March 11, 2011, that prompted a killer tsunami that swept the northern Pacific coastline.

The natural disasters killed 15,884 people and left 2636 people still unaccounted for. Huge waves swamped cooling systems of the Fukushima plant, which went through reactor meltdowns and explosions that spewed radioactive materials to the vast farm region.

1185389_294216340731935_1870237828_nThe plant remains volatile and engineers say it will take four decades to dismantle the crippled reactors. Protesters in Tokyo stressed that Japan can live without nuclear power as it has done so for many months while all of the nation’s 50 commercial nuclear reactors have remained offline due to tense public opposition to restarting them.

As the night approached, the rain kept falling and temperature’s dropped, yet people still out in front of the Presidential Office.

1901369_642299805836748_1988131977_nMusicians performed using electricity generated by huge solar panels at the park, while dozens of merchants promoted products made in the tsunami-hit region.

The rally featured stars like composer Ryuichi Sakamoto, who played music he created three years ago to mourn the victims of the disasters.

Although no one died as a direct result of the atomic accident, at least 1656 Fukushima residents died due to complications related to stress and other conditions.

“The Fukushima accident continues today,” Sakamoto told the audience.

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