60,000 protesters took to the streets of Tokyo Monday. People in costume, carrying signs and chants of “Sayonara nuclear power” filled the streets. Some brought their children, expressing concerns about food contamination and safety for their families.
Mari Joh traveled from Hitachi City to join the protests and collect signatures to shut down Tokai Dai-ni nuclear plant. Before the march protesters gathered in Meiji Park to hear speakers. Evacuees told their story, how they left everything and may never be able to return home. Nobel prize winning author Kenzaburo Oe and musician Ryuichi Sakamoto also spoke at the event. Current polls show 55% want to reduce nuclear power in Japan.
Protesters said Japan needs to end nuclear power or it “would transform the country into a nuclear waste dump.”
People on twitter encouraged others to show up to Monday’s demonstration in response to a smaller demonstration weeks before where police arrested and were physically combative with protesters.
More images from the protest below
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