"STOP Nuclear Power Plants!" say 15,000 Tokyo demonstrators
Our colleagues at Friends of the Earth Japan are writing a blog on life after the earthquake and tsunami. They will be documenting how they, and fellow citizens, are rebuilding their lives and addressing some of the issues that have arisen as the country recovers from its biggest crisis since World War II.
Shouting, singing, and dancing, the participants expressed their own opinion about the nuclear power plants in various passionate ways. Last Sunday, April 10, I joined one anti-nuclear power action at Kouenji, one of the towns in Tokyo. Around 15,000 people gathered for this, the biggest demonstration against nuclear power plants in Japan after the triple-disaster of March 11.
Most of the participants in the action were in their 20’s and 30’s, including some parents with their children. There were also many people who were taking part in their first demonstration.
"When could we change this situation, if not now?” "We don’t want to leave
this kind of big risk and burden behind for our children." These were the thoughts that moved more and more people to join in the demonstration. Many people found out about it through Twitter and the internet.
There were anti-nuclear actions in other Japanese cities on that day. I have a feeling the demonstrations will spread across the country.
Coverage of the demonstrations
“STOP Nuclear Power” Action @ Kouenji on April 10, 2011-part 2
“STOP Nuclear Power” Action @ Kouenji on April 10, 2011-part 1