Antinuclear protests held across Japan on anniversary of disaster

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Antinuclear protests held across Japan on anniversary of disaster

Datum: Montag, 12. März 2012 15:23

Antinuclear protests held across Japan on anniversary of disaster

Protesters shout slogans outside a Tokyo Electric Power Company

building during an anti-nuclear demonstration marking the first

anniversary of last year’s massive earthquake and tsunami, which

unleashed the world’s worst nuclear crisis in a quarter century, in

Tokyo, Sunday, March 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Junji Kurokawa)


TOKYO (Kyodo) — Antinuclear protesters took to the streets in Tokyo

and elsewhere in Japan on Sunday, the one-year anniversary of the

massive earthquake and tsunami which triggered the nuclear crisis at

the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.


Near the head office of Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of the

crippled Fukushima complex, demonstrators called for the country to

abandon nuclear power generation and restore Fukushima Prefecture,

where more than 100,000 residents were forced to relocate.


Some 16,000 people attended an antinuclear gathering in the city of

Koriyama in Fukushima and rallied in the city, calling for scrapping

all nuclear reactors in Japan. The country has 54 commercial nuclear

reactors, which provided a third of Japan’s electric power prior to

the Fukushima plant disaster.


In Shizuoka Prefecture in central Japan, about 1,100 people gathered

to call for scrapping Chubu Electric Power Co.’s nuclear reactors at

its Hamaoka power plant. Those reactors were halted last May after

then prime minister Naoto Kan asked the utility to suspend their

operation due to concern about a powerful quake in that area of

Shizuoka Prefecture.


About 1,200 people including members of antinuclear citizens‘ groups

marched in the city of Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture, which hosts the

prototype fast-breeder reactor Monju and Kansai Electric Power Co.’s

nuclear reactors.


They voiced objection to restarting two of the reactors at Kansai

Electric’s Oi power plant in the prefecture after the country’s

nuclear safety agency approved results of safety tests conducted on

the reactors idled for a regular checkup and left a final decision on

whether to restart them to the government of Prime Minister Yoshihiko



„What we need to do, after witnessing how tragic Tokyo Electric’s

Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant accident is, is to build a society

which does not rely on nuclear plants,“ said Fujio Yamamoto, who leads

a group which organized the protest.


Similar protests were also held in other prefectures which host

nuclear power plants or related facilities, including Saga and Aomori.


In the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, atomic bomb survivors took

part in antinuclear protests and urged the country to stop relying on

nuclear power.


(Mainichi Japan) March 12, 2012