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Tokyo's Nuclear Protesters Fight The Good Fight

Posted: Jun. 12th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse
The Good Fight Against Fukushima
Image from AFP

Public opinion is in, and at least in Tokyo, it's clear the public wants nuclear power out. With 7,500 people eagerly protesting the nuclear disasters that have wracked Japan's recent history putting on an impassioned display of public disapproval, it's hard to imagine how the government can even conceive of restarting the Fukushima Daiichi plant.

Thousands of demonstrators have rallied against the government's consideration of restarting nuclear reactors in the Japanese capital, Tokyo.

At least 7,500 people, including disaster victims and popular figures, gathered at a park in the city centre on Sunday, shedding light to the natural disaster two years ago that killed 19,000 and sparked a nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.


Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, whose Liberal Democratic Party has close ties with the nation's powerful business circles, has repeatedly said he would allow reactor restarts if their safety could be ensured.


Protesters later marched through the capital, holding anti-nuclear banners including one which read: "No Nukes! Unevolved Apes Want Nukes!"


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