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Thousands of Japanese rally against nuclear power

Published on Mar 15, 2014 6:06 PM
 
Japanese author Kenzaburo Oe (third from right) and other leaders carry a banner saying "Goodbye nuclear power plant" awaiting for start of the protest march in Tokyo, on March 15, 2014. Thousands of campaigners rallied against nuclear power in Tokyo on Saturday, as the government and utilities move towards resumption of reactors in southern Japan. -- PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - Thousands of campaigners rallied against nuclear power in Tokyo on Saturday, as the government and utilities move towards resumption of reactors in southern Japan.

More than 5,000 protesters gathered at Hibiya Park in downtown Tokyo to urge the government not to restart nuclear plants, as regulators review whether to let Kyushu Electric Power to restart two reactors at its Sendai power plant.

"Japan is prone to earthquakes. We have to seriously think about whether nuclear power is a good idea for Japan," said Mr Masatoshi Harada, 60, as he joined fellow protesters at the park and later to march toward the Ginza shopping district.

"This is an opportunity for Japan to drop nuclear power," he said.

 
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