Protesters (about 4000) joined hands to form a human chain around the highly controversial Hamaoka nuclear plant in Japan today. The protesters are demanding the permanent shut down of Hamaoka, the plant sits on a dangerous fault line. The plant’s reactors are currently on temporary shutdown by order of the government.
Meanwhile in Germany the Castor nuclear transports are being heavily protested with people of all kinds joining in to delay the shipment. Japanese protesters joined in and spoke at a rally in the German city of Dannenberg. Kanako Nishikata and her two children along with an organic farmer all from Fukushima, spoke at the rally. A contingent of German and Japanese media reporters followed the group.
Nishikata was impressed by the organization of the rallies and hoped Japan could have that kind of organization. She spoke of their needing to move away from Fukushima, her worry for her children’s safety and their loss of friends as they moved. She also mentioned the many in Fukushima who can’t leave because they don’t have the money and the government is not helping. Tatsuko Okawara, the organic farmer, said the government is not being honest with people in Japan. She was considering replacing the soil on her Fukushima farm.
People around the world have been finding they are not as alone as they once thought. Similar problems are plaguing countries all over the developed world, by working together all are finding support, ideas and a voice.
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