A few days before the 3rd anniversary of one of the world’s worst nuclear accidents, tens of thousands of anti-nuclear protesters gathered at the Hibiya Park in Tokyo. This was their way of reminding the world about the incident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant and the dangers of Japan’s insistence on relying on nuclear energy for its power needs.
The demonstration was also an expression of their anger and disappointment at the the nuclear industry and the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has been pushing for the restart of the country’s 50 nuclear reactors that have been offline due to safety concerns and the strong anti-nuclear sentiment after the 2011 disaster. The protesters believe that the past months when Japan has survived without nuclear power is proof that it can be done. Musicians performed during the rally using electric instruments powered by huge solar panels. One of the performers was composer Ryuichi Sakamoto, who played his pieces created three years ago to mourn the more than 15,000 people who perished during the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. He emphasized, “The Fukushima accident continues today.”
One of the demonstrators, 66-year-old businessman Yasuro Kawai, believes that they should continue to express their anti-nuclear sentiments whenever they can. He also thinks the country can thrive on this zero-nuclear status as long as there are efforts to sustain the promotion of renewable energy and discover more energy saving technology. 80-year-old Tokyo resident Michiko Sasaki says that Abe’s government should prioritize rebuilding the Tohoku region three years after the disaster, since progress has still been very slow. And one of the plans should be to end nuclear energy once and for all, to ensure that future generations will survive.
[ via AFP ]
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