NYTimes: Largest protest in Tokyo since 1960s — Japanese Energy Expert: It’s an irreversible change, I expect this type of movement to continue

Published: June 29th, 2012 at 4:28 pm ET
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In Tokyo, Thousands Protest the Restarting of a Nuclear Power Plant
New York Times
By MARTIN FACKLER (Hiroko Tabuchi contributed reporting)
June 29, 2012

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The crowd, including women with small children and men in suits coming from work, chanted “No more Fukushimas!” as it filled the broad boulevards

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Estimates of the crowd’s size varied widely, with organizers claiming 150,000 participants, while the police put the number at 17,000. Local media estimated the crowd at between 20,000 and 45,000, which they described as the largest protest in central Tokyo since the 1960s.

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For his part, the prime minister seemed unfazed by the protests. “They’re making lots of noise,” Mr. Noda remarked to reporters as he left his office for his private quarters.

While noisy, the protesters on Friday demonstrated Japan’s penchant for being well organized and fastidiously polite. In many places, they kept passages clear for pedestrians and stood in neat lines along sidewalks. When the protest ended at 8 p.m., organizers quickly dispersed participants using megaphones, with hardly a scrap of garbage left behind.

Yoko Kajiyama, a 29-year-old homemaker who carried her 1-year-old son

  • “Japanese have not spoken out against the national government”
  • “Now, we have to speak out, or the government will endanger us all”

Tetsunari Iida, director of the Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies, an energy policy group based in Tokyo

  • “There is anger and a loss of confidence in the government”
  • “This is an irreversible change, and I expect this type of movement to continue”

Published: June 29th, 2012 at 4:28 pm ET
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19 comments

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19 comments to NYTimes: Largest protest in Tokyo since 1960s — Japanese Energy Expert: It’s an irreversible change, I expect this type of movement to continue

  • Max1 Max1

    What I find amazing is that in America, citizens could watch the Japanese protest their government 12 hours ago LIVE ON THE WEB and the US media slept and didn't start publishing this data until an hour ago…
    … Watch dogs asleep and not barking again, Mr Sherlock?

    • Max1 Max1

      p.s.
      watch the double speak and downplay of numbers…

      • Max1 Max1

        DOUBLE SPEAK

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        While noisy, the protesters on Friday demonstrated Japan’s penchant for being well organized and fastidiously polite. In many places, they kept passages clear for pedestrians and stood in neat lines along sidewalks. When the protest ended at 8 p.m., organizers quickly dispersed participants using megaphones, with hardly a scrap of garbage left behind.
        ===

        Because when the streets swelled and became impassable and the armored guards came out to shield the PM residence that means all was quiet and calm and passing vehicles were undisturbed… YES?

  • Max1 Max1

    Yoko Kajiyama, a 29-year-old homemaker who carried her 1-year-old son
    “Now, we have to speak out, or the government will endanger us all”

    People need to insist that their lives are NOT placed in a balance of someone else's profit/loss statements.

  • Max1 Max1

    "For his part, the prime minister seemed unfazed by the protests. “They’re making lots of noise,” Mr. Noda remarked to reporters as he left his office for his private quarters."

    Well Mr. Noda,
    I guess they just need to be more vocal next week…
    … Maybe then, he'll start to listen, not just hear.

    • norbu norbu

      they are not listening because they know what the outcome is going to be. General Strike! No More Nukes!

    • milk and cheese milk and cheese

      I hope that a large number of Japanese people are making noise outside Mr. Noda's private quarters, and that they continue to do so until they are actually heard.

  • arclight arclight

    “This is an irreversible change, and I expect this type of movement to continue”

    that`ll do me! 🙂

    happy days indeed.. but WHY are the antinuke organisations around the world supporting this movement more firmly like they didnt help the indian protests?? glad i dont subscribe to uk antinuke as they are a bit passionless a bit backboneless, sort of thing.. except for the trident crowd (err 2 old ladies actually)?? its so damned infuriating..

    and fallujah has come to london without so much as a whimper..

    operation mindshare starring
    tecpoo, ogilvymaher, UN, IAEA, wpp, G4S, MI5, phizer, BP, EDF, NILU, oncology universities, BBC, NRC etc etc

    you cant make this stuff up!! ??

    and olympic security.. its REALLY bad! an accident or incident waiting to happen..

    Exclusive: Undercover Reporter Infiltrates Security Firm to Expose London Olympics

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Si7DEkeWsOs&feature=related

    how safe are your athletes??

    and while the military and security screw up citizens lives with their profit making, paranoia and fear mongering, while they hide the real details of fallujah and the effects of the fukushima contamination, your average terrorist just has to sit back and laugh at the idiocy with which the west has LOWERED itself too!

    we need to support our japanese brethren more in the west!!
    and fight the military/security industrial juggernaut!
    great posts admin!! 🙂

  • enoughalready45 enoughalready45

    Chicago, Illinois

    We protested today in Chicago at the busy intersection nearest the Japanese Consulate (Michigan Ave. and Chicago St.). Unfortunately we had a thunderstorm so it hindered our ability to talk to the public somewhat. The few of us that showed up due to the last minute nature of our second protest (we protest two weeks ago at the same spot)and the rain did send a message to the Japanese consulate that we are still here and ready to support the Japanese protesters. The consulate did send a few staff members down to check and see what we were up to.

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  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    How To Prevent Any New Nuclear Power Plants From Being Built, Close Existing Ones And Switch To 100% Renewables; via A Green Road http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/05/how-to-prevent-any-new-nuclear-power.html

    List Of Countries/Nations With NO Nuclear Power Plants; via A Green Road http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/04/list-of-countries-closing-down-all.html

  • Sam Stone Sam Stone

    Ther is no surprise that "they don't care" I guess let it burn…..who will stop this….????