Japan: Tens of thousands say sayonara to nuclear power-AFP

January 16, 2012

[CJ Hinke of FACT comments: Japan has been famous for anti-nuclear demonstrations since the withdrawal of American occupation forces following World War II. There are two huge organisations sponsored by political parties specifically targeting nuclear weapons. No one can be more aware of the dangers of radiation. Can they wake up the rest of the world? Read my lips: Never in Thailand!]

Thousands protest against nuclear power in Japan

Agence France-Presse: January 14, 2012



About 20,000 demonstrators hit the streets of Yokohama on Saturday calling for an end to nuclear energy in Japan after the March 11 disaster that sparked the worst atomic crisis since Chernobyl.

They marched in the port city southwest of Tokyo chanting in chorus: “We don’t need nuclear power. Give back our hometown. Protect our children.”

The protest, organised by several anti-nuclear and environmental groups, also saw residents evacuated from areas outside the Fukushima Daiichi plant take part.

]Activists claim 60-100,000

Japan had previously aimed to use nuclear power to generate around 50 percent of its energy needs by 2030 in a bid to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance the energy independence of the resource-poor archipelago.

But sentiment has shifted since the quake and tsunami crippled the plant’s cooling systems, sparking reactor meltdowns that spewed radiation into the environment forcing tens of thousands to evacuate from a 20-kilometre radius.

Radiation fears have become part of daily life in Japan after cases of contaminated water, beef, vegetables, tea and seafood. The government has been at pains to stress the lack of an “immediate” health risk.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: