Reuters: Tokyo protest breaks through barriers and spills onto streets as tens of thousands gather — Police forced to deploy armoured buses to buttress Parliament’s gates (VIDEOS)

Published: July 29th, 2012 at 12:36 pm ET


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Title: Japan anti-nuclear groups protest at parliament
Source: Reuters
Date: Sun Jul 29, 2012 10:31am EDT

SOURCE: Kyodo News

* Crowd breaks through barriers


Tens of thousands of people protested against nuclear power outside Japan’s parliament on Sunday


On the main avenue leading to the assembly, the crowd broke through the barriers and spilled onto the streets, forcing the police to bring in reinforcements and deploy armoured buses to buttress the main parliament gate.


Watch euronews’ report on the protest here

“It is not only about nuclear reactors. This demonstration mirrors people’s outrage towards the core problems in Japanese society, that includes its politics and how public opinion has been neglected. People are angry and fed up that the plants have restarted.” –Writer and social analyst Karin Amamiya

Published: July 29th, 2012 at 12:36 pm ET


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46 comments to Reuters: Tokyo protest breaks through barriers and spills onto streets as tens of thousands gather — Police forced to deploy armoured buses to buttress Parliament’s gates (VIDEOS)

  • CaptD CaptD

    Salute to the Japanese People that want FREEDOM FROM NUCLEAR OPPRESSION!

    When will the Japanese Leaders stop living in Nuclear Denial*?…

    How many Fukushima's will it take to make them stop supporting the Utility GANGS and start supporting clean Green Solar (of all flavors, Japan cannot afford another Trillion Dollar Eco-Disaster; neither can the Planet….


    The illogical belief that Nature cannot destroy any land based nuclear reactor, any place anytime 24/7/365!

  • Sickputer

    Japanese samuari citizens: +311

    Reclaim your country from the nucleocrats. Throw them out!

    • CaptD CaptD

      Yes They Can…

      What they cannot live with is another Fukushima Trillion Dollar Eco-Disaster!

  • mungo mungo

    Gempatsu Hantai! Saikado Hantai!

    (NO to nuclear plants! NO restart!)

  • nedlifromvermont

    Go Japanese people against nuclear power criminals and lying capitalistic thugs …. you are many, and they are few, and you have the truth on your side. The truth is the most powerful argument.

    Watch the nuclear toadies scurry to protect their criminal asses.

    No safe haven, no quarter for these evil Mengeles.

    They are rats trying to kill you for profit.

    Death to nuclear power. It's not needed. It's not safe. It's not cheap, it's not even new!!! It's old. Oldclear power: make way for the democratic power for the future … safe and green, solar, wind, hydro and conservation, not to mention tidal, geothermal, and the coming hydrogen economy. Biomass to methanol … there are a thousand good ways to go forward, and somebody (who) chose the wrong one (nuclear) and tried to kill planet Earth. Was it Chester Hollifield? Was it Lewis Straus? Was is Herr Faust?

    What a world, what a world … let's try and save it!


  • CaptD CaptD

    With the price of Solar (of all flavors) dropping monthly and the cost of Nuclear Reactors (construction , repairs and decommissioning) spiraling ever upward by the time many of these NEW reactors get finished, their energy will have to be subsidized by the Government!

If China, India, Russia, Japan and the US wanted to become true World Leaders instead of just Military Powers, they would all work together with Germany to Champion Solar from Space and then lead the World toward a safe new future.

    Until we start getting our energy from Solar (of all flavors) and especially from Space we will continue to have Energy Wars and civil strife on Earth. Here are several books that describe how to "save" the Earth from it's nuclear folly:

The High Frontier by Gerard K. O'Neill,
    Colonies In Space by A. Heppenheim­er.
    The Third Industrial Revolution by G. Harry Stine
    The Space Enterprise by Philip Robert Harris
    Mining the Sky by John S. Lewis

    • CaptD CaptD

      If the Japanese were smart, they would dedicate the entire Fukushima Area as an International Lunar TEST Base, a "practice" area and then it could be developed the same way they would develop a future base on the Moon…This would allow all the other Counties that are interested in planning a JOINT lunar base to join together with the Japanese and figure out how to use NEW Radiation-Proof technology to work in a radioactive environment, while still here on Earth. While they are doing it they could also develop a HUGE Solar Farm, whose capacity could be used by the Japanese, (instead of powering a lunar base)!

      If "WE" wait much longer, the Earth will not have the resources to begin*…

      * See The Crash Course by Chris Martenson

      • Myme

        That is an interesting idea, CaptD, more positive than what I was thinking… which is to offer the entire land of Fukushima prefecture and much of Northeast Japan as the international nuclear waste disposable site.

        It got that much contamination already back in March-May 2011, and it is being contaminated even more seriously each day by the actions of TEPCO and the Japanese government.

        Sure, such idea would drive my fellow Japanese mad, especially Fukushima people who once had a beautiful home state. But they must wake up to the reality if they want to survive, save the future generations. There is no way to “decontaminate” the land, given the scope and seriousness; no one has technology for it.

        The way to realistically deal with it is to evacuate the people with some political and financial support, set up no-go zones, and then put the best scientific minds to come up with what to do with the contaminated land.

        Courageous, honorable Japan would find a way to do it to save its citizens. Not courageous, dishonorable Japan would find all kinds of excuses why evacuation cannot be done, why rebuilding is more important than children’s lives — which is what the country is doing currently.

    • papacares papacares

      nuke reactors used to generate electrical power are never decommissioned they are placed in "cold storage" for tens of thousands of years – no civilization to my knowledge has ever maintained even a structure for that amount of time – the cost of "nuke power generating systems" is infinite without end

  • mungo mungo

    Genpatsu i mean, typo…

  • CaptD CaptD

    Lets review the basics, Since Fukushima we now know:

    1. Nuclear reactors can Meltdown.
    2. Nature can destroy any land based nuclear reactor, anyplace anytime!
    3. Solar (of all flavors) vs Nuclear Benefits:
    ✔ Less costly to build
    ✔ No Trillion Dollar Eco-Disasters
    ✔ Faster to construct
    ✔ CLEAN from start to finish.
    ✔ No radiation worries or leaks
    ✔ No foreign dependency
    ✔ Prices are dropping yearly
    ✔ Creates large number of green jobs
    ✔ No nuclear cleanup expenses
    4. Nuclear reactors leak radioactivity
    5. Nuclear reactors are VERY expensive to de-commission
    6. Nuclear Fallout can spread quickly and last "forever"
    7. Japan cannot afford another Trillion Dollar Eco-Disaster
    8. Nuclear waste storage is an BIG Expensive problem
    9. Japan has the land mass to go Solar (of all flavors)

    • VyseLegendaire VyseLegendaire

      The main problem with expanding solar is access and availability of silver supplies, which mostly are in China's hands either in China itself or in Africa. Sure we have Afghanistan but we have not even begun to extract from there, and not to mention the moral hazard of developing renewables based on spoils of imperial war.

      But I digress and argue that all of this industrialization has been built in the name of war and national profiteering since the beginning. I can't see a positive outcome as far as the energy trajectory goes right now, what with the decline in cheap and abundant petrol.

    • moonshellblue moonshellblue

      Also, here in the US we the people, the tax payers are the ones that foot the bill. I don't think the general public understands that we are the ones shouldering the expense of nuclear reactors which don't produce that much electricity and most are aging and should be decommissioned. Of course we have so much spent fuel and no means of disposal and on and on…….

  • arclight arclight

    i love the japanese! such a love for nature and life in general..

    you just cant hold 1000`s of years of culture and living in harmony with the environment back!! japan showing us all the way!!

    saikato hantai!! 🙂

  • CaptD CaptD

    If TEPCO is now owned by the people of Japan why is the Government N☢T listening to the "Owners" demand to N☢T restart all reactors?

    It is almost as if the Japanese Leaders don't even care what the People of Japan want, they seem to only be listening to the Big Utility Gangs…

    Expect to see the protestors grow in numbers as more and more Japanese people demand a true voice in their Government's use of Nuclear reactors….

  • nedlifromvermont

    Go enenews! Arise newsers and seize the moment!

    Genpatsu hantei! Saikado hantei!!

    peace …

  • weeman

    Let it spread around the world it is time to mobilize, let our voices become one, solidarity will win the day.
    Power to the people.

  • Gotham

    I see that the Japanese balance of trade deficit shot up to $40 BILLION so far this year – due to the importing of oil and natural gas to fuel electrical generating plants that try to make up for the loss of the nuclear electrical power plants.

    I guess the leaders of Japan are trying to stave off an economic meltdown given that there debt to GDP is now over 250% – the highest amongst the leading industrial powers. They are on the edge of a financial cliff – a "debt spiral" that will surely take them down into a black hole.

    I guess the EU and the USA will soon follow.

    • CaptD CaptD

      Ha Ha Ha
      N☢ surprise that you left out the Trillion Dollar Eco-Disaster at Fukushima!

      How many more can the Japanese people pay out the nose for?

      Nuclear is for the Wealthy Owners and the suckers that support them because they receive some form of Nuclear Payback*…


      Those that support nuclear power because nuclear power somehow supports them; no matter what the health implications or other "costs" are for others.

      • Gotham

        It may be a trillon dollar ECO disaster if you try to clean it up. I don't believe the Japanese will try. They will pussy foot around the edges and "contain" the genie that is already out of the bottle.

        I'm not in favor of nuclear power. It should all stop.

        All I am saying is that the Japanese leaders are trying to kick the can down the road and avoid a complete economic collapse.

        Of course they risk another nuclear disaster if another mega-quake/tsunami mucks out more plants – whether operating or not.

    • RichardPerry

      Mostly caused by loss of purchases from many countries, lost car sales, etc. Who is going to buy from Japan unless they start forging the countries supplier names or sell through third party countries to deceive the purchasers.

  • Ron

    Solar is rinsing globally like a new tidal wave, I hope Japan will show us all the way.

    But let's not forget that Japan is blessed with probably the world's best supply of geothermal. It's insane that all of that potential is not being used or just going to hot baths for the rich.

  • or-well

    Hardluck and snakebit and gutshot Japan
    having jumped from the frying pan into nuke fire
    with economic stagnation and depopulation
    are stuck in a mire of neo-feudal creation.

    But to their merit they're showing some ire.
    It might just get hearty if things get more dire,
    with noosed necktie parties for certain officials
    and burning tire necklaces in a world post-judicial.

    But that's worst-case scenario
    – apocalyptically speaking –
    the next step would better be –
    parliament streaking!

    That's more in line with civilised mores,
    not to mention much safer than bloodthirsty forays.

    But still, one can dream of the might of a people
    determined to no longer be acquiescent sheeple
    in nuclear pens, awaiting quiet slaughter,
    determined to reclaim a better tomorrow
    and pull from their dens the wolves of nuclear sorrow.

    I'll add the same goes wherever there's nukes.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    The good citizens of Japan will not coexist with nuclear plants. And rightfully so.

  • VyseLegendaire VyseLegendaire

    I think the people are right to resist and be angry, but isn't the government stance that nuclear power is needed to keep Japan economically afloat also true? Who isn't aware of the dire financial situation around the world and not the least within Japan? I think there is almost no likelihood of a 'transfer' to renewables because we are already too close to the fiscal cliff. The giant extend and pretend game of industrial growth requires more and more constant fraud and profiteering and to move to renewable would slow that down long enough to derail the entire project of modernity.

    In my opinion protesting the status quo through protest is overly civil, especially without questioning the infinite growth paradigm that nuclear power implicates. It's like a professional soldier mercenary protesting to his squad leader about the chaffing in his suit. No go, you are still guilty for supporting the killing.

    I think the best we can accomplish right now is to decommision the plants and bury the stuff. I won't say anything about renewables after that. But maybe evacuating millions of Japanese to safe places would be the next step – Kurril Islands, Chinese ghost cities, outlying islands of Japan etc.

  • Myme

    With Hiroshima/Nagasaki anniversaries approaching, I wonder how Japan would handle it this year.

    Growing up in Japan, those anniversaries were marked with a moment of silence for the victims and talks/articles on how Japan became a victim of evil USA. Japan would make a fool of itself if they now only commemorate the devastating effects of Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs and not acknowledge that it has become an even worse aggressor in global nuclear pollution, given the fact that Fukushima has released many many more times of nuclear poisons than those atomic bombs.

    My friends and family in western Japan are apologetic about the Fuku pollution spreading across the world, even though it is not their fault and all they can do is to support the anti-nuke activities. But such a sense of humbleness and decency seems completely void in today's Japanese political and industrial leaders.

    I now joke to my family that I miss the good old days when Japanese men used to commit 'harakiri' to publicly apologize for their crime and to keep honor in doing so. No such honorable men in Tokyo any more.

    My friends and family in western Japan are apologetic about the Fuku pollution spreading across the world, even though it is not their fault and all they can do is to support the anti-nuke activities. But such a sense of humbleness and decency seems completely void in today's Japanese political and industrial leaders.

    I now joke to my family that I miss the good old days when…

    • CaptD CaptD

      Radiation from Fukushima and the burning of radioactive debris is N☢ JOKE to all those that must now live with it thanks to Japan's policy of protecting their Nuclear Utilities Profits instead of protecting the public health.

      The fallout from this Nuclear Eco-War is still spreading and every Japanese person that values Nature should be VOCAL about it or suffer the SHAME of all those that are being vocal!

  • Dogleg Dogleg

    Sakido Hanti!!

  • nedlifromvermont

    Nuclear power is inconsistent with a good economy going forward. It will not spread jobs around like alternatives …

    Don't even get me started on the laughable economics …

    Truth: Germany estimated melt out cost at one German reactor to have direct economic cost of 13 trillion euros, or roughly the entire annual GNP of US of Cancer Empire!!! How cool is that? That some foolish military/industrial types with hefty financial backing got to fire up a technology with that kind of risk/reward profile???

    You have to be kidding, to support this market farce!!! And that from an Ivy-leaguer with a degree in business management, from Yale, no less!!

    Calling on MIT Sloane School or Harvard School of BS to answer that charge!!!! No Takers????

    The US Insurance Industry was not buying, so banker fraudster Morgan type guys bought Price Anderson from Congress … Nuclear Power is thus a bastard child conceived in a political whorehouse … and we all bear witness to this Josef Mengele-level, immoral medical experiment being conducted on all of us now, every minute of every day … kinda makes Sandusky, or your neighborhood pedophile priest look kinda tame …

    Death to nuclear power. Saikado hantai! Genpatsu hantai!


  • VyseLegendaire VyseLegendaire

    I think everyone adopting these nuke protest slogans is mistaken and being sucked into a mob mentality. It may be true that nuclear is bad and needs to go, but why aren't we addressing our very economic model and way of life that requires it? I think both the public and government are culpable in the same way. Lazy protest hantai!

  • Jebus Jebus

    "It may be true that nuclear is bad and needs to go, but why aren't we addressing our very economic model and way of life that requires it?"

    Read a little here on enenews, and you will see that there is no maybe with nuclear. If one can not see that it is the absolute worst scourge this planet has ever witnessed, then one is blind by conviction.

    15% of the planet's energy needs? That doesn't sound like a requirement for our energy model and renewables have already surpassed that. A small amount, 15%, of conservation would make nuclear irrelavent.
    And the bombs? what good is something that you can never use? Game over if you do.
    Deterrent, you say? An oxymoron at best. If you attack me I'm gonna wipe out everyone. Something needed to protect us that will wipe us out if used. That is the reasoning of insanity…

    • VyseLegendaire VyseLegendaire

      If they truly want to abolish nuclear in all forms, then a peaceful limited protest by these conceited organizers is not going to suffice. Directed action by hundreds of thousands will be necessary, they must be willing to get hurt. Or they must band together for legislative action that forces the government hand. My point is that the way the opposition to nuclear is acting is childish and immature at this point. If this life or death then stop being civil about it.

  • nedlifromvermont

    You VyseLegendaire, … Sir, by your very name, are outed as a loser and a pro-nuclear shill!!

    There is no more "legendary vise" than to spread cancer, mutate and induce teratogenesis into your unsuspecting neighbors downwind, down food chain and everywhere than propagation of the nuclear power fraud …. Tell me why this is not so!

    We do not need nuclear power! But to incite the small handful of truth tellers to vainglorious combat is deceitful!

    Patrick Henry wrote a pamphlet. He did not cross the Delaware, nor win the siege at Yorktown!

    We small band of anti-nukers are telling the truth and speaking out, so that chaste and honest grandmothers by the hundreds of thousands may begin to march on the death dealers' palaces and whorehouses!

    Read back in these threads. It is not hard to tell the truth from deceitful lies.

    Peace to you in your contortions!

  • pierre

    and yet it plays into their hands too to go violent.
    careful we should be with the controlled opposition methadologies and the next big thing to distract us from this thing.
    careful also as we do not know the exact extent of contamination, most likely it's not just Japan now.
    the best antidote to all this is to have the truth out. (what else is going on when what is going on doesn't make sense even from a business POV).

    it's either neglect and corruption (all countries) to the extent that we are DODO's bent for extinction , or they are trying to kill us.

    what would you do with the opposition if you were a Rothschild?

    meanwhile. Saikado Hantai!

  • RJ RJ

    VyseLegendaire, not sure if you are a "shill," but you seem to not fully understand how social/protest movements work. In the US, the right for women to vote wasn't achieved in a month (non-violent), the Vietnam war wasn't ended with a few protests. Give it time! The movement will decide the next move, whether to stay non-violent or to take other measures. This is JUST the beginning. And to your prior post, “addressing our very economic model and way of life” will come AFTER the nukes are shutdown and politicians are replaced. Open your mind some more and definitely, read some history on the subject of protest movements.

  • Jebus Jebus

    We do not have to wage a physical battle to reveal the truth.
    We do not have to hurt anyone to win the future.
    We do not have to make the ultimate sacrifice, although some will fall given the nuke village tactics, to show the nuclear one percent who pays the bills.
    We just have to sacrifice a little time out of our selfish lives and gather together somewhere. We must take the time.
    The journey will begin, if we make the effort to show our support.
    We just all have to unite and show up for the statement.


    It is time to organize and set a date to show our support for the people of Japan.

    We can bring it to the US election, if we want to…

  • papacares papacares

    until everyone understands nukes are never decommissioned but placed in cold storage that requires thousands of years of constant maintenance there will always be those who make such irresponsible statements as, "decommission the plants and bury the stuff". To the common person on the street that would be the solution just have someone flip off the nuke switch go in and take out the spent and unused fuel rods bury them in the backyard and go green. Even if we were granted complete success today and every nuke in the world was shut down the cost to maintain the current inventory of rods from breaking out and destroying the world will eventually destroy every nation's economy – at some point in time there will not be enough electrical power produced to maintain the spent inventory and unless a solution is found before that time every reactor throughout the world will fail

  • Shinto is all about cleanliness and respect for nature and humans

    Nuclear is exactly the opposite.

  • nedlifromvermont

    Nuclear Power is a big fat lie conceived to make fissile material for atomic bombs in great quantities, and as a side effect, to maintain private power monopolies for private profits to flow to a few at the top of the pyramid … a miltarily enforced Ponzi scheme created for the benefit of Morgan-backed private power companies … it's as simple as that … GE hang your head in shame, you've been compromised…

    Olympic ad : "GE Works" should read "GE Kills, gives you cancer, mutates your DNA and promotes teratogenesis" (creation of monsters!!)