Two anti-nuclear protests within three days time were held in Japan’s capital following the green light for Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) to have the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant go through safety tests to get approval for restart. Protesters gathered in front of the prime minister’s office in central Tokyo, while another group of demonstrators aimed to educate the younger generation about the nuclear activities in the country.
The first protest was held in Nagatacho District on Friday. Participants demonstrated posters against the possible restart of reactors 6 and 7 of the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant in Niigata Prefecture. That is if both units pass the new safety standards of the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA). During the protest that echoed even at the prime minister’s office and the National Diet Building, 66-year old Yukio Kurosu from Ibaraki Prefecture said that he “cannot accept that the economy is put ahead of the lives and safety of the general public.”
The second protest in the country’s capital held Sunday was staged in an unusual place for an anti-nuclear cause. The districts of Harajuku and Shibuya witnessed a parade of people different from usual. Known for being fashion districts in Tokyo, both became a stage of anti-nuclear claims. One slogan said, “We’ve got enough electric power.” Another called out for “No nuke reactors on earthquake-prone islands.” Both messages, among others, were held in display as protesters passed Marui City and other commercial establishments.
The anti-nuclear advocate group Metropolitan Coalition against Nukes staged both protests in Tokyo as a nuclear plant is feared to be reactivated, while the youth are believed to be oblivious of the actual situation of nuclear power in Japan. The group has been holding protests outside the prime minister’s office every Friday since March 2012.
[via Asahi Shimbun]