Japanese rally against nuke power
Japan: Thousands of people rallied in Japan Saturday to demand
a shift away from nuclear power after an earthquake and tsunami sparked
the world’s worst atomic crisis since Chernobyl a quarter-century ago.
Braving spring drizzle, thousands of demonstrators gathered at a park
in Tokyo’s Shibuya district, many holding hand-made banners reading:
“Nuclear is old!” and “We want a shift in energy policy!”
The protest came a day after Prime Minister Naoto Kan called a halt
to operations at a nuclear plant southwest of Tokyo because it is near a
tectonic faultline, fearing a disaster like that which hit the Fukushima
Daiichi plant in March.
“I’m happy to see the prime minister finally taking action,” said
protester Manami Inoue, 28, who had a black and yellow “No” sign around
her neck. “But I want to know when the plant will really stop
operations,” she said.
Tokyo, Sunday, AFP