Thousands of activists protested against the use of nuclear power on Sunday, in Tokyo, as Shinzo Abe considers restarting reactors.
Around 7,500 people gathered at a park in Tokyo’s centre, including disaster victims and celebrities such as Nobel literature laureate Kenzaburo Oe, according to the organizers.
Protesters later marched through the capital. The activists held anti-nuclear banners including one which read: “No Nukes! Unevolved Apes Want Nukes!”
They also protested outside the headquarters of Tokyo Electric Power Co, operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant which was severely affected by the violent earthquake and tsunami two years ago.
Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party is closely connected to Japan’s influential business circles, with Prime Minister repeatedly saying he would allow reactor restarts if their safety could be ensured, according to the international press.
48 of the 50 reactors in Japan were turned off for safety checks, with only two working at the moment.
Radiation from the plant, 220 kilometres northeast of Tokyo, spread over a wide area after the Fukushima nuclear accident, which was reported to be the worst since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.