“The battle has only just begun” — AFP: Tens of thousands protest at Prime Minister’s residence; 100,000 expected next Friday for “Hydrangea Revolution” (VIDEO)

Published: June 22nd, 2012 at 11:36 am ET


Japan protest over nuclear restart
June 22, 2012

About 20,000 people gathered in front of Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s residence in Tokyo late Friday to protest his decision to restart two nuclear reactors.

“No to the restart!” shouted the protestors, who were led by investigative journalist Satoshi Kamata and Nobel Prize-winning author Kenzaburo Oe, who started an anti-nuclear petition that has so far gathered more than 7.5 million signatures.


Friday’s protest was the latest sign of unease over the decision which was taken in conjunction with local authorities and despite the fact that Noda had previously vowed not to act without public backing.

Protesters said they would hold another demonstration next week.

“The battle has only just begun”, insisted renowned composer Ryuichi Sakamoto, another leading figure in the anti-nuclear movement.


Fukushima Diary: Mr. Hirano, the organizer is only 27 years old. He talks “Most of them joined as individual. I think they got the information from Twitter to join.” […] According to the organizer, 45,000 people joined, mass media reported it was 40,000 people. […] They are planning to collect 100,000 people for the next Friday.

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Published: June 22nd, 2012 at 11:36 am ET


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24 comments to “The battle has only just begun” — AFP: Tens of thousands protest at Prime Minister’s residence; 100,000 expected next Friday for “Hydrangea Revolution” (VIDEO)

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    The horrid plants must shut down and decommissioned (in every country). They emit radiation, every single one of them.

  • MaidenHeaven MaidenHeaven

    Thank you for Standing up & Speaking out~!~

    The Masque of Anarchy

    "Let a great assembly be, of the fearless, of the free".

    "Stand ye calm and resolute,
    Like a forest close and mute,
    With folded arms and looks which are
    Weapons of unvanquished war.

    And if then the tyrants dare,
    Let them ride among you there,
    Slash, and stab, and maim and hew,
    What they like, that let them do.

    With folded arms and steady eyes,
    And little fear, and less surprise
    Look upon them as they slay
    Till their rage has died away

    Then they will return with shame
    To the place from which they came,
    And the blood thus shed will speak
    In hot blushes on their cheek.

    Rise like Lions after slumber
    In unvanquishable number,
    Shake your chains to earth like dew
    Which in sleep had fallen on you-

    Ye are many — they are few"

    written in 1819 by Percy Bysshe Shelley

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Sadly sometimes it has to come to this ….

      Well said, Mr. Shelley.


      awesome poem. But I fear those on high are demonstrating they're beyond guilt or shame. In fact, they're criminal actions indicate a pathological desire to outdo whatever the last violation was. It's becoming evident that the commoner has been too timid for their own good. I just heard (yesterday) that one in every two of us will be dying from some form of cancer or another. (Take this with a grain of salt, as this statement has not been substantiated with any references, so I cannot vouch for its truth.) If it's true, all are in for a rude surprise…

  • MaidenHeaven MaidenHeaven

    By Anonymous

    From those secret places that glow in the dark
    in the children’s playgrounds in the city of Fukushima, gather ye together pocketfuls of that magic fairy dust—that magic dust what has the power to change all, change even the most hardened of hearts of those who willingly sacrifice the children of Fukushima for the sake of their power and their profits.

    Yes, you whose hearts ache for those doomed children, gather ye up pocketfuls of the magic fairy dust what has the ability to make those cruel ones once again one with the abandoned children of Fukushima. Yes, then take the dust unto the great glittering city of Oz.

    Yes, take it unto the government buildings of the powerful leaders, take it unto the tall towers of the greedy giants of Tepco, take it unto the offices of the traitorous corporate media and sprinkle it on all the sidewalks and steps what lead into the very core of their dark bastions.

    Yes, sprinkle in their entrance-ways, in their foyers and hallways, sprinkle it in their offices and in their lounges, sprinkle it in their elevators and in their bathrooms.

    Yes, sprinkle the magic fairy dust on their cars,
    on the floors of the restaurants where they eat,
    and even sprinkle it on the sidewalks of their homes.

    • MaidenHeaven MaidenHeaven

      Yes, sprinkle it in the air like confetti and let it fall down upon them and anoint them with their own handiwork. For, if it is as they say, for, if it is not magic fairy dust, then no one need worry, for it is but ordinary dust.

      But, if it is magic fairy dust, well then they, too, will become one with the children of Fukushima; they, too, will in their hearts change and become real people again. For, to them, all dust then will become the magic fairy dust of the playgrounds of the children of Fukushima; and, hence, so then would the testing and monitoring begin in earnest.For they, too, like the children and parents of Fukushima, would not know then just what was magic dust and what was not.

      So, let the magic fairy dust of Fukushima do its work, for it will make all the people and children equal once again, especially those who think now that they are not equal, but better.

      Yes, let the magic fairy dust make them all children of Fukushima, and, in doing so, so would the testing of dust begin in earnest.


    this is awesome news! I'm so proud of the Japanese people. Forget about the lawsuits and such nonsense. Gather in front of the country clubs and watch how quick the power-elite get the message.

    Now, if only the rest of the masses (throughout the world) would wake-up to their power. It's sad that it took such a catastrophe, to wake people up…

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Agreed. It's really amazing to see 7.5 million people mobilize to sign a petition in Japan. People there generally do not like to go against the grain, or to disagree with those in power.

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        Hmmn … the Japanese have lived through the horrors of the bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima, so they no doubt feel deeply betrayed by those who told them "peaceful" uses of nuclear power were safe.


          we've all been betrayed. I can't think of one area – from national defense to healthcare, that isn't riddled with decadence and betrayal.

          It's time we all reflect on what we wanted (as individuals and collectively) and what we're getting. Simplicity is the path to greater reliability in systems. We need to apply that universal truth to the production of energy…

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    Kinda dumb Met Police. They are looking for one guy. lol!
    “Metropolitan police department seeking the organizer of the 45,000 demonstration” | Fukushima Diary: http://bit.ly/MKpN8P


      TEPGOV's riddled with blatant criminals and what are the Japanese police doing: looking for a guy who led a march against nuclear power? Doubtless, by the time the TEPGOV-controlled-media gets finished, they'll have spun it into a story where he's a child molester, drug dealer, or some such thing. Leave it to the police and media to do their 'job' of protecting and informing the public…

      This one's a keeper. Thanks!!!

      • richard richard

        They are all dumb organized crime members, even the spocks that monitor this website are criminals, all working for mob.media.corp.guv

        They think they're "doing their job'" by harassing civilians who pay their taxes, the very people they're supposed to be working for.

        The situation is so wrong, surely it can't be sustainable. But the corrupt mongrels will just keep bleeding the public purse. The best chance is that the system implodes.

        I'm starting to realize that the best thing about the future is that I won't be here.


          "…it can't be sustainable." obviously, it isn't.

          "…best chance is that the system implodes." it's doing just that, right now.

          "…best thing about the future is that I won't be here." One of the first lessons in physics is that you can change matter, but never destroy it. It's for that reason that we're all assured (as some would say) 'eternal life'.

          On an absolute level, none (including the criminal) will ever be free from the obligation of existing. You can close your eyes for a billion-and-a-half-years, only to 'wake-up' a 'second-later' and discover that you're looking-up into the eyes of your mother. The conventional physicist doesn't want any (or their endless array of victims) to realize this natural law. And thinking that any are above protecting the environment (or one-another) only guarantees more suffering…

          • richard richard

            thanks sir shock. it's good to get words of encouragement when the roller coaster of emotions takes a sharp dip.

            there is such a wide scope of subjects and tangents on this whole nuke/fuku conundrum .. it just drives one to distraction.

            i'm going to go and play some very loud music 🙂

    • Centaur Centaur

      Yeah, maybe the met police really IS just dumb… or they look for "the" guy to state an example on him. To scare others (who otherwise might follow the first guy's example and organize demonstrations or take other steps) into "better not doing it". A mass-psychological (and somehow also terroristic) pacification strategy, carried out on one's own people by governments – to continually secure the "holding of the reins" – a strategy to secure the status quo, as old as mankind.

      But in fact, the good thing in this special case is: In Japan, it doesn't NEED twitter or other web amplifiers(anymore) to "spread the word". Because the FACTUAL SITUATION in Japan ITSELF is so overwhelmingly WRONG, that the "Great Beast" (as Alexander Hamilton, one of the authors of the United States Constitution once called the whole of all "ordinary" citizens) can not be lured or feared back into falling asleep again – because the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Desaster ITSELF is a monument that WON'T ALLOW negligence or halfbaked (as in "immoral"!) solutions.

      Simple as rocket science. 😀


        awesome analysis Centaur…

        • Centaur Centaur

          thx. 😉 MaidenHeaven was very inspiring. 🙂


            agreed. MaidenHeaven does some brilliant work out here.

            Must jump now. Offline computer work awaits. Have a great night and safe weekend. Ciao…

            • MaidenHeaven MaidenHeaven

              Thank you both~!~ It is a pleasure to be among intelligent caring people who truly get it. And who are wiling to share your thoughts & knowledge. 🙂 And a few well timed rants 😉

              Thank You Admin for allowing us the freedom to simply be who we were meant to be. 🙂

  • NoNukes NoNukes

    Goosebumps. Thanks, Admin! A little optimism is a powerful thing.

  • nedlifromvermont

    Go Japanese Go … Take back your country, take back your soul …

    We are sorry, here in the United States of Cancer, that our Great Granddaddy's company grew up and went over to the dark side of nuclear power … and forced it upon you, and ruined your stunningly beautiful island country …

    Please to throw off those nuclear shackles, which even bind us Americans here, now, so that a new world of democratic energy production may emerge from the oashes f Fukushima …

    Never go back to the way of silently giving in to what the big powerful Tokyo money men tell you you have to do …

    Those Yakuza infested elites happen to be operating in league with a militaristic, fear mongering, totalitarian-control obsessed, corporate-nuclear minority … here … at the center of the corporate beast …

    These guys are bent on mind control, on cover up, and on advancing the cause of cancer, which they regard as mere collateral damage, in the pursuit of corporate profits …

    Is this the moral standard our forefathers fought for, when they conceived of America?

    Peace …