Japanese nuclear lobby demands more reactor restarts

This video from Japan says about itself:

Best Nuclear Protest Ever! Anti Nuclear Demonstration Fukushima Meltdown

30 July 2012

This 14 minute clip represents the hour or so climax of the protest which began at 3:30pm as a gathering and march to the emperor‘s house to protest the reopening of one of Japan’s nuclear plants.

The police barricaded sidewalks on both sides of the street leading to the Emperor’s Gate, keeping the protest in two separate but equally huge groups. At sunset protesters on one side with mics were cheerfully calling to their counterparts. When they caught their attention, both sides began waving with glee.

Eventually the numbers of people were simply too great and it seemed the desire to be one even greater, in the midst of louder and louder chanting in unison “Saikado Hantai” meaning “You restarted the plant, we disagree” a female began singing and soon after noticing a commotion I turned with my camera just in time to catch protesters in nearly perfect unison defying the police barricades and claiming the street for approximately one hour of celebration before police buses moved slowly in on the crowd. Fortunately the protesters had no qualms moving aside after their brief but clear moment of triumph.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Japan: Nuclear industry demands more reactor restarts

Tuesday 14th April 2015

JAPAN’S pro-nuclear lobby pledged yesterday that 2015 will be the year the country’s shut-down nuclear reactors are restarted.

Despite public opposition following the Fukushima disaster, industry officials and their supporters claim the country needs atomic power to play its part in cutting greenhouse gas emissions and to ensure a stable electricity supply.

“This year marks the exit from zero nuclear power,” Japan Atomic Industrial Forum chairman Takashi Imai proclaimed to an audience of 900 people yesterday.

Japan’s atomic watchdog gave the green light to restart four reactors last year, to a loud welcome from pro-nuclear Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

But the Japanese public remain deeply concerned about safety, more than four years after a tsunami sparked meltdowns at Fukushima, spreading radiation over a large area and forcing tens of thousands of people from their homes.

Anti-nuclear activists are challenging the decisions to restart the four reactors at two power stations in court.

A ruling on the Takahama station in central Japan is expected today, while one on the Sendai plant in the south is expected on April 22.

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