'Only unevolved Apes want Nukes' - Anti-Nuke march in Tokyo, Japan
Via commondreams.org, 2 June 2013 -
Thousands of people, including victims from the Fukushima disaster in
2011, took to a central park in Tokyo on Sunday to protest the Japanese
government's intent to restart the nation's nuclear reactors.
Protesters hold banners during a protest rally against nuclear power
plants, following the March 2011 Fukushima meltdown-disasters, in Tokyo
on June 2, 2013
Agence France-Presse reports:
Protesters later marched through the capital, holding anti-nuclear
banners including one which read: "No Nukes! Unevolved Apes Want Nukes!"
They also demonstrated outside the headquarters of Tokyo Electric Power
Co, operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant which was
crippled by meltdowns after the March 2011 tsunami.
[Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe], whose Liberal Democratic Party has
close ties with the nation's powerful business circles, has repeatedly
said he would allow reactor restarts if their safety could be ensured.
Japan turned off its 50 reactors for safety checks in the wake of the
disaster but has restarted two of them, citing possible summertime power
And RT adds:
Shortly after the Fukushima disaster in March 2011, the Japanese
government pledged to fully abandon atomic energy by the 2030s. However,
in about a year authorities realized their promise was a hasty one, as
the archipelago nation had hardly any other means to ensure sufficient
electric energy supply but to return to nuclear power generation.
Earlier this year two nuclear reactors were put back into operation in
Japan and plans were announced to restart six more by the end of 2013.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has repeatedly promised the reactors would
only be restarted if their safety is ensured by a special supervising
body - Nuclear Regulation Authority. But his words could never quell the
anti-nuclear moods in the country, where the tsunami disaster took
19,000 lives and lead to some 150,000 residents of the Fukushima area
It’s estimated the post-disaster clean-up would take about 30 to 40 years and cost around US$15 billion.
Japanese authors, Kenzaburo Oe (front row L) and Keiko Ochiai (front
row C) lead a march holding dove-shape balloons to protest against
nuclear power plants, following the March 2011 Fukushima
meltdown-disasters, in Tokyo on June 2, 2013.
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