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Published on July 20th, 2012 | by Chelsea


100,000 Protest Nuclear Power in Tokyo

July 20th, 2012 by  

On July 16, in record high temperatures, about 100,000 protestors took to the streets of Tokyo to show their opposition to Japan’s reliance on nuclear power.

In June, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said Japanese reactors needed to be restarted to avoid electricity shortages. One reactor has already been restarted, with another scheduled to restart by the end of July.

All 50 of Japan’s reactors were taken off line after the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami that caused the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.

To read more on this story, check out the full Reuters piece.

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is a former newspaper reporter who has spent the past few years teaching English in Poland, Finland and Japan. When she wasn't teaching or writing, Chelsea was traveling Europe and Asia, sampling spicy street food along the way.

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  • ThomasGerke

    Great! 😀

    On a sidenote though, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster was triggered by the earthquake, but caused by a mixture of corruption, criminal neglegence and corporate greed. It’s been officially called a man-made disaster. So I think it’s important to put the blame where it belongs, whenever possible. Especially since the nuclear lobby around the world was quick to put all the blame at the tsunami and saying “Such tsunamis / earthquakes can’t happen here… nothing to worry, nothing to see!” 

    • Bob_Wallace

      Let me underline that.

      The people who designed and approved the Fukushima reactors knew of the earthquake and tsunami risk in the area.  

      They were told that at least one strong tsunami had occurred there recently (in geological time).  They actively decided to ignore the chance of another large tsunami and put Japan at risk.

      • And let’s not forget Godzilla. NOBODY thinks about Godzilla.
        Until Mothra arrives. THEN IT’S TOO LATE!!!

        ohh, Raymond Burr, we hardly knew ye…

        • Bob_Wallace

          Shecky – I think you owe this site a performance fee.

          After all, if dancers have to pay for pole time….

          • Srsly. 😀

            Or maybe we owe smth. Idk. 😀

          • Bob_Wallace

            Let him put out a tip jar.

            And then split the take….

          • Good plan. 😀

        • lol 😀

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