Thousands protest against nuclear power before Fukushima anniversary

5 years ago by in Japan

Thousand of protesters fighting against the use of nuclear power have filled the streets of Tokyo three years after the Fukushima disaster.

They called on the government to give up to the use of nuclear power once and for all.

It was one of a number of protests which were planned across Japan on Sunday.

“I am here today because I want to rid the planet of nuclear power as quickly as possible,” said Fumiko Ichikawa, one of the Tokyo demonstrators, according to the international press.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his government are planning to start again some of the country’s 48 idles reactors.

The loss of nuclear power has meant importing extra oil, coal and gas and that has hurt not only the economy, but also the environment, the media says.

But, in the wake of the meltdown at Fukushima in March 2011, people in Japan are worried about safety and the impact on their health.

Many say they have lost faith in the current government and are demanding that its nuclear plans be scrapped.