Agence France-Presse reported this morning:
Thousands of people rallied in Japan Saturday to demand a shift away from nuclear power after an earthquake and tsunami sparked the world’s worst atomic crisis since Chernobyl a quarter-century ago.
Braving spring drizzle, thousands of demonstrators gathered at a park in Tokyo’s Shibuya district, many holding hand-made banners reading: “Nuclear is old!” and “We want a shift in energy policy!”
The protest came a day after Prime Minister Naoto Kan called a halt to operations at a nuclear plant southwest of Tokyo because it is near a tectonic faultline, fearing a disaster like that which hit the Fukushima Daiichi plant in March.
“I’m happy to see the prime minister finally taking action,” said protester Manami Inoue, 28, who had a black and yellow “No” sign around her neck.“But I want to know when the plant will really stop operations,” she said.
Japanese television network NHK estimater the number of marchers at 10,000.
One demonstrator expressed frustration with Japanese politicians:
“They keep saying nuclear is dangerous but never say they are against it.”
Kind of sums it up in thirteen words, doesn’t here?