Saturday, June 18, 2011

Protests challenge Japan's use of nuclear energy

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Anger over the Government dealing with the accident at the nuclear power plant in Fukushima has in recent weeks after revelations broke out, the damage in the plant and the release of radioactive material, was much worse than previously assumed. Mothers for their children to health, as well as farmers and fishermen angry about their damaged livelihoods, worried, kan criticised in particular the Government of Prime Minister Naoto

The disaster has prompted a national debate about Japan's strong reliance on nuclear power despite the history of the country's devastating earthquake and a deep public mistrust of the nuclear industry. Perhaps Mr Kan had shut down the separate nuclear power plant in Central Japan its only step, which has won support, until it can strengthen its tsunami defense. But the public disenchantment has added the last politicking in a deadlocked Parliament.

"We now know the dangers of default priority nuclear power, and it time is changing," Hajime Matsumoto, one of the organizers of the rally, said a lot in a central Tokyo square, which eventually grew about 20,000 people, organizers estimated.

"And, Yes, I think that Japan can change," he shouted as the crowd shouted back and people pumped their fists in the air.

Supporters of the rally here in Tokyo and in coordinated events in many other cities in Japan, saying the demonstration was notable not because of the size, but because it happened in a country, the conformity and order as values.

"The Japanese demonstrators, been great" said at least before recently Junichi Sato, Program Director of the environmental group Greenpeace Japan, who said, he know enough poorly attended rallies organized had. "take it to make the first steps to listen."

Many in the crowd said they were protesting for the first time.

"For my children I here" said Aki Ishii, had her 3-year daughter in tow. "We want only our old life back, where the water is safe and the air is pure." Her daughter was wearing a sign that said "Please let me again outside play."

Yonebayashi Fujimoto, a rice and vegetable farmer, said it was his first protest to. "I would like to tell people, that I just worried about the soil, the water," he said. "I farm now with a Geiger counter in one hand, my tools in the other."

"It's crazy," he added.

And while the rally usually ordered way started - Organizer "Let us all good manners remember!" said at the beginning, as demonstrators lined up in neat rows - the mass finally one took more turn rowdy.

As Tokyo gathered demonstrators in the square after several marches through the city, there were some clashes with the police. A police officer, refused to give his name, said breathless, that demonstrators gather not entitled to would have been on the course.

Police officers "dispel Mesos!" shouted through megaphones.

"Shut up and go way!" a young man shouted back.

At 9 A.m. police moved the crowd but by force to crush. There was some pushing and shoving, but no serious clashes.

Mr Matsumoto, organizer, saw yet, elated. He said "who would have thought so many people show up?". "I think that Japan on the cusp of something new."

But some passersby were less enthusiastic.

"What they really can do?", Airi Ishii, 21, said a buyer, who stopped to watch the rally with her boyfriend. "It looks like fun, but if you think, nothing changes, it is naive."

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