Thousands of demonstrators surrounded Japan’s parliament building on Sunday to protest against the government’s attempt to restart some of the country’s nuclear plants.
The rally comes ahead of commemorations to mark four years since the March 2011 tsunami which triggered the Fukushima nuclear accident.
Four reactors owned by two utilities have cleared regulatory safety checks which means they could potentially end more than a year without atomic power in Japan, the first such spell in four decades the nation has been using nuclear energy.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government want the first restarts of to happen by June. The nuclear industry had hoped the first reactors would have been back on line by last summer.