Japanese anti-nuclear movement gets stronger

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By Mike Head:

Ex-prime minister joins Japanese anti-nuclear protest

24 July 2012

Former Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama joined an anti-nuclear demonstration outside his old office last Friday.

His participation was an obvious bid to politically exploit the mounting protest movement against the reactivation of the country’s nuclear reactors. But it was also a further sign of a deepening government crisis over the intense popular opposition to its pro-nuclear energy stance and other pro-business policies.

Ever-larger protests have been held each week since incumbent Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda last month gave the go-ahead to begin restarting idled reactors despite persistent public safety concerns following last year’s Fukushima earthquake and nuclear crisis. The government’s rush to reopen the nuclear units, even before new safety regulations have been drafted, re-activated the protests.

According to Asahi Shimbun, about 90,000 people protested outside the prime minister’s office last Friday. The demonstration was the 16th in a row, every Friday night, and the number of participants has grown sharply from the 300 who attended the first protest in March.

In addition, on Monday last week, up to 170,000 protesters took to the streets in Tokyo, making it one of the largest rallies in Japan since the 1960s. Even the police estimate of the crowd, accepted by the state broadcaster NHK, was 75,000. Many participants had directed particular ire at Noda. “Noda! We’re angry!” read one banner. “Noda, step down!” was a common chant.

Alongside political activists, the demonstrations have attracted many newcomers to public protest, ranging from young parents to the elderly. Maki Sekiguchi, a Tokyo office worker attending Monday’s rally with her husband and small child, told the Financial Times she had never been part of a demonstration before recently joining the Friday night crowds around the prime minister’s office. She was sceptical that the protests would persuade the government to halt reactor restarts, but “we feel we have to do something.”

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7 thoughts on “Japanese anti-nuclear movement gets stronger

  1. Anti-nuclear rally marches through capital

    JAPAN: Thousands of people formed “a human chain” around Japan’s parliament complex today to demand the government abandons nuclear power.

    Banging on drums and waving balloons and banners, protesters marched from a Tokyo park and lined up along the streets around the parliament building chanting: “Saikado hantai,” or “No to restarts,” and later lit candles.



  2. Fukushima owners get government £8bn bailout

    Tuesday 31 July 2012

    The Japanese utility that operates the nuclear power plant sent into meltdown by last year’s tsunami received a one-trillion yen (£8 billion) government bailout today, effectively putting it under government control.

    Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) apologised for the “inconvenience and anxiety” from the disaster at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant and for raising electricity charges to cover the costs of dealing with the crisis.

    The company still faces massive compensation demands from those forced to evacuate and whose land and products were contaminated by radiation following the disaster that began on March 11 last year.

    Tepco must also shoulder the enormous costs of decommissioning the three reactors at Fukushima Dai-ichi that went into meltdown.

    In addition, it has to put into safe storage the nuclear fuel at a fourth reactor that is sitting in a less protected pool for spent-fuel rods after it was taken out of containment for a routine inspection.



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