Japanese summers are not kind to protesters. Under the scorching afternoon sun and into the humid evenings, however, tens of thousands of citizens have continued to chant against the restart of Japan’s nuclear reactors.
On June 16, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda decided to restart the Oi nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture. On July 5 it became the first reactor to be restarted since the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11 of last year. However, the protesters’ efforts are beginning to have an effect: Earlier this month, Noda announced that he will meet the leaders of the antinuclear protests in front of his office, where the gatherings have been held every Friday evening since March 29.
The weekly protests are among many recent demonstrations against nuclear power. The biggest of these were a protest in front of the prime minister’s office on June 29, a demonstration that filled Tokyo’s Yoyogi Park on July 16, and a rally that included a human chain that surrounded the Diet building on July 29.
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