Women, initially out of fear for the safety of children took up the cause against nuclear power and the horrible handling of the Fukushima Daiichi disaster. This has grown as the public’s frustration with the government response grew. These same women are now leading the push for major societal and government change.
A group of women had camped out in front of METI’s headquarters in Tokyo and they are now back again vowing to stay for 10 months and 10 days, traditionally considered in Japan the full term that covers a pregnancy.
These activists have not just been marching, they have been meeting with government officials making their demands such as a transparent investigation heard. Some of the statements by these groups are clear they have no intention of giving up or going home.
“We are stepping up our activism to ensure that the government and power industries, now eager to create a notion of security, will not restart nuclear plants,”
“Our protests are aimed at achieving a rebirth in Japanese society,”
“There is a need to change the way the authorities have run the country by putting economic growth ahead of protecting the lives of people.”
“The ongoing demonstrations symbolise the determination of ordinary people who do not want nuclear power because it is dangerous. There is also the bigger message that we do not trust the government any more,”
The public push against the nuclear industry and the government is not just women, the issue appears to have shaken all of society. This new dynamic of women leading the protest movement could provide a major challenge to the status quo.
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