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Japan: Big anti-nuclear protest outside parliament

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Japan: Big anti-nuclear protest outside parliament


Thousands of people have been protesting against nuclear power outside Japan’s parliament in Tokyo.

All of the country’s atomic reactors were shut down after last year’s Fukushima disaster but two plants were controversially restarted this month.

“We won’t allow any more reactors to restart,” said one of the protest leaders. “We want to hammer this demand home to the government.”

“It is not only about nuclear reactors,” added writer and social analyst Karin Amamiya. “This demonstration mirrors people’s outrage towards the core problems in Japanese society, that includes its politics and how public opinion has been neglected. People are angry and fed up that the plants have restarted.”

This was the latest in a series of peaceful anti-nuclear demonstrations although the crowd did break through barriers, forcing police to bring in reinforcements.

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