A group of hunger strikers are protesting against the Japanese government’s plans to restart two of the country’s nuclear reactors.
The demonstrators have been camped outside the Ministry of Economy in central Toyko for one week.
One 65-year-old hunger striker said he felt compelled to act, branding it “the last fight of his life”.
Another demonstrator said he wanted last year’s Fukushima disaster never to be repeated again.
They feel the Japanese government’s decision to restart the Ohi nuclear reactors in the western Fukui province is unsafe.
Japanese officials say that the country will face a chronic power shortage this summer unless the two reactors are restarted.
The only nuclear reactor still in operation is due to be switched off in May.