Japanese hold anti-nuclear rallies


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A series of anti-nuclear demonstrations were held across Japan on Saturday. The rallies coincided with the 3 month anniversary of the March 11th earthquake and tsunami that resulted in the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

About 2,400 protesters took part in a rally in central Tokyo. Gathering in Minato Ward, they called for the closure of nuclear power plants and a change in the government’s energy policies.

A man from Fukushima Prefecture said the nuclear accident is a problem for all Japanese people. He said as long as the country continues to rely on nuclear power, another Fukushima-type accident could happen.

The protesters then marched to the headquarters of Tokyo Electric Power Company, the operator of the Fukushima plant.

They demanded that the people of Fukushima Prefecture be given back their lives.

A 39-year-old man said he fears radiation as it cannot be seen. He said each person must raise his or her voice to demand the closure of nuclear power plants.

Sunday, June 12, 2011 01:29 +0900 (JST)

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