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'Don’t pollute our sea:' Mass demo in Tokyo to ban nuclear energy (PHOTOS)

Published time: October 13, 2013 13:41
Edited time: October 14, 2013 11:11
Protestors hold placards and shout slogans during an anti nuclear demonstration in Tokyo on October 13, 2013.(AFP Photo / Rie Ishii)

Protestors hold placards and shout slogans during an anti nuclear demonstration in Tokyo on October 13, 2013.(AFP Photo / Rie Ishii)

Some 9,000 activists took to the streets of Tokyo on Sunday to protest nuclear power. The march comes as Japanese authorities are considering restarting the country’s nuclear reactors, which were shut down in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima disaster.

The demonstration ended with a rally in front of the headquarters of Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco), the operator of the crippled Fukushima power plant.

Activists chanted “Stop the atom” and “Don’t pollute our sea,” referring to the continued leaking of radioactive water, which Tepco uses to control the temperature of the melted reactor cores at Fukushima.

The protesters also called on Japanese media to report more often on the situation at the power plant, which was damaged by the 2011 quake and tsunami.

Protestors raise their placards and shout slogans during an anti nuclear demonstration in Tokyo on October 13, 2013.(AFP Photo / Rie Ishii)

Anti-nuclear sentiment has grown massively in Japan since the Fukushima disaster, one of the world’s worst nuclear power incidents. Rallies similar to Sunday’s are held regularly and attract thousands of people. According to opinion polls, some 70 percent of Japanese believe that the country’s nuclear power industry should be closed down.

The opposition to nuclear power has also affected Tokyo’s national security policies. On Friday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government said it would consider signing a joint statement by the United Nations calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons, Asahi Shimbun newspaper reported.

Japan, officially an anti-militaristic country since its defeat in World War II, has relied for decades on the US nuclear umbrella for protection and has been reluctant to side with international proposals to ban nuclear weapons. But the Japanese government has indicated it may sign a joint UN General Assembly statement next week saying that nuclear weapons should “never [be] used again, under any circumstances.”

Abe’s government initially said it would not sign the statement, but reviewed its position after the mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the two cities that had nuclear bombs dropped on them by the US in 1945, and a number of civic groups urged Tokyo to support it.

Protestors in radiation protection suits bang a drum can during an anti nuclear demonstration in front of the headquarters of the Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) in Tokyo on October 13, 2013.(AFP Photo / Yoshikazu Tsuno)

Protestors shout slogans and hold placards during an anti nuclear demonstration in front of the headquarters of the Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) in Tokyo on October 13, 2013. (AFP Photo / Yoshikazu Tsuno)


Comments (21)

 

Justin Rowe 14.11.2013 03:37

It has been 25 years since Chernobyl and more than 1 million have died because of it, with many more sick and dying , deformed, authorities even told women to stop having children because of this. Fukushima is 3-4 times worse and is continuing to this day to leak radioactive elements into the environment and pacific ocean. If another quake or more human error happens during removal of fuel rods from reactor 4 this could cause a chain reaction and massive, massive amounts of radiation will be released into the environment.... welcome to your toxic nightmare, our children's legacy is our complete shame!!

 

Justin Rowe 14.11.2013 03:30

Think Tesla free energy without the toxic side effects, think renewable energy from the sun solar panels wind power ocean wave power. Nuclear power must end now before we are all cancer stricken, deformed or just plain dead. Fukushima is a global disaster with TEPCO have not been honest from day one. Do your own research as the nuclear industry and the pro nuclear govts and media will not give you the truth and you all will find out when its too late.

 

Justin Rowe 14.11.2013 03:10

To all those people who think nuclear is good, if it continues
children will have a bleak cancer filled radioactive future.

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