Japan’s anti-nuclear protesters find the going tough, despite Fukushima disaster, Christian Science Monitor, Nov. 22, 2011:
‘We are not alone’
[Tadao Eda, who acts as a spokesperson for the nuclear protesters outside METI] is sure that his group of protesters is not alone. He estimates that more than 1,000 people formed a candle-lit human chain around METI on the evening Nov. 11, the eight-month anniversary of the beginning of the crisis. And, in other parts of the country, people have also been protesting. On Nov. 18 at the site of another nuclear power plant on the southern island of Kyushu, some 15,000 people demonstrated to call on the government to scrap all of the nation’s reactors.
Anti-nuclear protesters have an unlikely ally in Masatoshi [sic] Son, Japan’s richest man. The multibillionaire CEO of Softbank, which owns a major mobile phone carrier, 40 percent of Yahoo! Japan, and a championship-winning baseball team, is pushing solar energy as a post-Fukushima alternative. Mr. Son, who is donating his lifelong future earnings to victims of the triple March disasters, is planning to build 10 mega-solar plants. He says that such facilities covering 20 percent of unused agricultural land in Japan could generate as much as power as TEPCO. [...]
Published: November 23rd, 2011 at 2:05 pm ET