Thousands protest Japan’s plan to restart nuclear power plants

Approximately 60,000 people rallied Sunday near the Diet building in Tokyo to protest Japan’s plan to restart nuclear power plants, rally organizers said.

The Metropolitan Police Department put the number of protesters at closer to 20,000 to 30,000, Kyodo News reported. The rally began in Shiba Park, which was attended by Nobel laureate Kenzaburo Oe, RIA Novosti reported. The protesters then marched on the Diet building.

Thousands march against nuclear power in Japan

Thousands of Japanese people marched against nuclear power Saturday, amid growing worries about the restarting of reactors idled after the March 11 meltdown disaster in northeastern Japan.

Holding “No Nukes” signs, people gathered at Yoyogi Park in Tokyo for a rally Saturday, including Nobel Prize-winning writer Kenzaburo Oe.

The protesters then marched peacefully through the streets demanding Japan abandon atomic power.

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Hundreds join Anti-nuclear protests in Japan

NAGOYA, Japan: Hundreds of people joined anti-nuclear protests in Japan on Sunday following the country’s worst ever atomic accident at the tsunami-stricken Fukushima plant.

In the capital, about 300 people — some wearing gas masks — marched past the headquarters of Tokyo Electric Power, operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi power station, chanting: "We don’t need nuclear plants!".

A similar number of demonstrators turned out in the central Japanese city of Nagoya, gathering outside the offices of regional energy company Chubu Electric Power shouting "We don’t want another Fukushima."

"I want to be able to choose my way of life and not leave danger for future generations," said 63-year-old Nagoya resident Shigeko Furumichi.

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