TV Asahi Cover Protest: 45,000 people are “the voice of ordinary citizens” — Noise was deafening in PM residence while reporter interviewed Edano, Hosono

Published: June 22nd, 2012 at 4:11 pm ET


June 22, 2012 report from Tokyo Brown Tabby quickly translated by EXSKF (Subject to revision):

Just now, TV Asahi’s program “Hodo Station” […] devoted a decent amount of time reporting the protest, it did mention 45,000 protesters – the number as announced by the organizers, it also said the protesters were just totally ordinary people. They even interviewed several organizers. A female newscaster of the program went there as a reporter and interviewed them. The program further mentioned that the protest is carried out every Friday, and that it started out with only a few hundred people but the number has grown rapidly.

What was amazing was that the reporter went inside the PM Official Residence during the protest and picked up the sound from the protest. It was deafening.

The reporter even asked Edano and Hosono, “So what do you think of the demonstration outside?” [TBT didn’t say what their answer was.]

The main newscaster of the program Furudate was positive on the demonstration, saying that the demonstration was “the voice of ordinary citizens” and that the politics in Japan had become so dissociated with the ordinary citizens. A commentator on the program tried to change the subject and started to say the Japanese citizens should also turn their attention to the contradiction that Japan is showing the sign of moving away from nuclear power generation but at the same time selling nuclear power plants to foreign countries. Mr. Furudate cut him off, and said “We should first tackle the contradiction of restarting nuclear power plants while the Fukushima I Nuke Plant accident is far from over.”


Published: June 22nd, 2012 at 4:11 pm ET


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35 comments to TV Asahi Cover Protest: 45,000 people are “the voice of ordinary citizens” — Noise was deafening in PM residence while reporter interviewed Edano, Hosono

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    People don't want the insane nuclear radiation plants. It's only a few men that force this on the rest of the world. Thats how the numbers add up. So, you decide.

  • Whoopie Whoopie


  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    On a personal note…many situations in my life have been bittersweet.
    And so it is now…
    It is great to hear that people are rising up in fight. The sadness.. the reason why.

  • arclight arclight

    this is great news… this didnt happen after chernobyl.. maybe the japanese can stop/mitigate other issues too!

    i wonder if the iaea is still going to have a hq in japan?? lol! think not!!

    banzai japan!!


    • arclight arclight

      "TBT didn't say what their answer was"

      tokyobrowntabby is VERY nice AND polite.. i suspect that may have had something to do with it.. imo



  • Whoopie Whoopie

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    You can sent them mask from those shopping web sites.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    PS..The Hydrangea Revolution….I love the name.

    • Whoopie Whoopie

      Hydrangea Revolution?!?! I LOVE IT TOO HEART! Hydrangea is a plant that is IMPOSSIBLE TO DIG UP. (i know this as I tried to dig one up to move and COULD NOT) I LOVE THIS!!

  • getoutwhileyoustillcan

    Pitchforks are next. Then if they follow the French, heads will roll (and their bodies won't be attached).

  • Whoopie Whoopie


    • @ Whoopie,June 22, 2012 at 805 pm
      This is a great rally against nukes. Thanks for the notice. I see India deal and Kudankulam is also there. Let there be perfect success in this effort to change.

  • nedlifromvermont

    How far behind we are in our corporate image besotted America …

    Where are the tens of thousands of protesters at San Onofre, at Pallisades, at Vermont Yankee ….

    How have we let TPTB so emasculate our culture that we endure this madness, this contrivance of a necessity where none exists ???

    I'll tell you, and I quote, from last night's sign off for NPR's 'Market Place,' "Sposored by the nuclear energy institute,
    fighting for nuclear energy's share of the electricity market, and the jobs and economic benefits that go with it!"

    No mention of the cancers bequeathed. or the hand outs (Price-Anerson etc.) or the truly green alternatives aborted in the womb … Nuclear energy is pure, unabashed evil ….

    Working my way through Kristen Iversen's "Full Body Burden" (Growing up in the shadow of Rocky Flats)… a must read for all newsers …

    Keep the peace friends, we are winning this fight … slowly. yet surely, as background levels creep up, inexorably …

    Lets try and save what we can, y'all …

    Bonzai Arclight, Aftershock, Richard et al

    Peace to the newsers, thanks be to Admin ….

    • "Where are the tens of thousands of protesters at San Onofre, at Pallisades, at Vermont Yankee …?"
      – nedlifromvermont

      You are absolutely asking the correct question!

      My answer would be they are watching TV and eating ice cream. Until such time as evidence is finally presented and understood in an indisputable manner. (on TV) Then, MAYBE, they will listen.

      It has been said…
      "That for TRUTH to exist it takes two people, one to speak it and one to listen."
      – from The Outer Limits episode 'To Tell The Truth'

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Edano and Hosono comment on the Hydrangea Revolution.

  • arclight arclight

    Mixed Greens: Big solar to replace Fukushima nuclear, REneweconomy, By Sophie Vorrath 21 June 2012,

    ".. Toshiba Corp has announced that it will begin building solar plants with a total generating capacity of 100MW on its northeastern coastline – the region that last year was devastated by an earthquake and tsunami, which then triggered a nuclear disaster – making it the biggest solar project in Japan.

    Reuters reports that the Japanese electronics conglomerate will spend around ¥30 billion ($379.6 million) to build several large-scale solar plants in Minami Soma – located around 25km from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant…"

    and it looks like its spreading too

    Global citizens’ monitoring of radiation data
    "…Getting these devices out there — especially internationally — is a key to getting access to the world’s local radiation data.

    The religious flag behind this project is the idea that this data should be accurate and open. Safecast uses open source and APIs and anyone can use the data to conduct research. For example a health researcher could use their radiation data to compare radiation levels against health information.

    Local level radiation data is largely not available currently, or it’s owned by companies and not released…."

    so safecast is expanding 🙂


    • arclight arclight

      "…Safecast originally focused on mapping radiation data just from Fukushima, Japan, in the wake of the nuclear disaster, and had a larger end goal to map the rest of Japan, too. But they realized that with enough eager volunteers in Japan, that mapping the entire country using geiger counters mounted on cars and held in the hands of regular citizens, was pretty doable. “It’s really only a matter of time before we’ve got all of Japan covered,” says Bonner…."

      • @ arclight,June 22, 2012 at 8:50 pm
        It is a pity Indians are not even allowed to do this. Whata farce of a democracy. Hijacked by criminals.

        • getoutwhileyoustillcan

          The real pity is that they don't do it anyway.

        • arclight arclight

          hi rama

          and this indian news…

          "..SK Jain has been elected as chairman of the governing board of the Tokyo centre of the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO).

          SK Jain takes his seat as chairman of the WANO Tokyo Centre governing board (Image: NPCIL)
          Jain was unanimously approved for the post in a vote at a meeting in Tokyo on 20 June. He retired as chairman and managing director of Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) on 31 May, having held that position since January 2004. Jain is the first Indian to hold the position…"

          "As a regional governing board chairman, Jain will also represent the WANO Tokyo Centre in the main WANO governing board.
          Members of WANO's Tokyo Centre include nuclear power plant operators in Japan, China, India, Korea, Pakistan and Taiwan."

  • pierre

    it might be bad to say this but if one were to contemplate suicide in Japan, you couldn't do better than to do it on the steps of the PMs office.
    (maybe put a curtain up for the kids). thinking of Mishima perhaps, had guts at least (until the end).

  • I think its time we seriously start to protest here in the united states too…

    Where is everyone from?

    We could start doing mass protests in our home towns, every enenews user here…

    I am willing to start the tacoma and olympia protests and lead it into seattle as well…
    I mention olympia due to it being the state capitol. A primary place of our legislature in which the majority of our politicians rest… In Wa anyways…

    Anyone else here willing to stir up the media?

    I can build a new website for this over night so let me know how you feel by posting below…

    In my honest opinion its time we started demanding our nation take responsibility for our safety as well, as the japanese… They are our brothers and sisters and need our help.

    • Jebus Jebus

      I agree TG, It is the only way to get it to the mainstream.
      Taking the first steps is the hardest part.
      I purchased a domain name in May, I started an included wordpress site, but I do not have a dedicated host and I work full time. I am not a graphics kind of guy, more of a geek. Are you interested in taking over the Admin duties if we can drum up enough support for purchasing a dedicated host? I will retain the rights to the domain name. It's a pretty good catchy name. I wanted to document the tsunami debris and the assault on our great Pacific Coastal waters. Something needs to be done.

      At the risk of embarrasment it is here…

      Tell me what you guys think, can we get the support?

      • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

        Good idea, the more the merrier… Bloggers are now the new journalists, because mass media is largely taken over and corporatized.

      • @a green road…

        I am happy too…


        • Sorry above was for response to jebus my iPhone is too i meant to say plus one a green road and I am happy to admin jebus.

          • Jebus Jebus

            @TG, Awesome, I hope you have the time to dedicate to this.
            I'll put up for the hosting, working on that today. Theme can be rerouted towards protests, still fits name. Meantime, go reg, so I can converse with ya thru email. I just woke and out of coffee. Gime a bit…

            @Admin, sorry for the hijack, please move if OT too much…

    • Sharp2197 Sharp2197

      I live in a small town 20 miles s. of Tucson AZ

    • richard richard

      great combined ideas in this thread.

      the people need to get dosimeters, forget relying on 'authorities' (ok, I know it takes money.. but given time).

      bloggers are the avant guarde of the new media. I've read the term, 'the fifth estate' (see my point about 'authorities' above) and it's like the dawn of the printing press, but better 🙂

      and more noise and rallies would also be a great idea. all peacefully of course.

      "Turn back the Nuclear Tide" – a protest song


  • nedlifromvermont

    I live ten miles from Vermont Yankee …

    There is a local activist group in the Brattleboro area with affinity groups "Safe and Green Campaign" with a web site …

    They managed 1300 to march to the local Entergy HQ and over 100 got arrested … but very little press coverage …

    I'm with New England Coalition on Nuclear Pollution, but we fight VY in the court, current lawsuit against NRC and legal action in front of Vermont Public Service Board where VY still needs to get a Certificate of Public Good … so we do our thing …

    Protest movement is atomized (strange term) which is how TPTB want it, so very little interaction among groups, but more than none …

    Riverkeepers doing their thing in New York with Indian Point …

    Pilgrim Watch working on Pilgrim (just barely relicensed for twenty years, illegally, since no "lessons learned" (from Fukushima) incorporated …

    Northeast Governors support the shutdown movement (Shumlin, Patrick and Cuomo) but the industry fights on …

    Big Nuke and Big Power Cos. see anti-nuke movement as existential threat, since distributed grid is game changer, like what cell phones did to land line business, or email killed the Post Office …

    They spend heavily to cover up/warp the truth …

    Movement is growing thanks to Fukushima …

    We all may die before we win, thanks to Fukushima …

    Keep telling the truth and shining the light, and the nuclear vampires will start to fade away …

    They haven't…

  • nedlifromvermont

    … continued …

    they haven't reached bottom, just yet …


  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    June 24 Protest in Noda's Hometown In Chiba.
    The people of Japan…must protest and show their opposition to nuclear power ..EVERYWHERE this man goes.
    Protest should follow him where ever he goes.
    Down every street he walks..every place he eats and drinks.
    He is traitor to the people of Japan and committing crimes against humanity.
    This should be the same for Edano and Hosono..
    They should not be allowed any peace on this earth… for the rest of their days.