Thousands protest ahead of Fukushima anniversary — St. Louis Post-Dispatch; Fukushima Anniversary: Voices from Japan — Nuclear Hotseat

1)  ” TOKYO • Banging on drums and waving “Sayonara nukes” signs, thousands of people rallied in a Tokyo park and marched to Parliament on Sunday to demand an end to nuclear power ahead of the third anniversary of the Fukushima disaster.

Participants at the demonstration, one of several planned across cities in Japan, said they would never forget the March 11, 2011, nuclear disaster, the worst since Chernobyl. The plant was damaged by a massive earthquake and then hit by a tsunami.

They also vowed to block a move by the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to restart some of the 48 idled reactors and backpedal on the commitment by the previous government to aggressively reduce the nation’s reliance on nuclear power. Oil imports have soared since the disaster, hurting the economy. … ”

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2) Voices of Japan – Hear the stories of Fukushima residents and Japanese citizens who wish to share their experiences and opinions on the management of Fukushima Daiichi to the world. Access Japanese and English versions of the podcasts HERE

Interviewees:

  • Hiroaki Koide, Asst. Professor, Kyoto University Research Reactor Institute
  • Taro Yamamoto, actor and member of the Japanese Diet Upper House
  • Midori Kiuchi, popular television and movie actress
  • Kaori Suzuki, Director of the Tarachine Citizens Radiation Monitoring Center
  • Ruiko Muto, lead plaintiff of a large group of Fukushima residents who have filed a criminal complaint against Tepco and the Japanese government
  • Setsuko Kida, nuclear refugee from five miles from Fukushima Daiichi and 2013 Green Party candidate for the Japanese Diet Upper House on an antinuclear platform
  • Seiichi Mizuno is a businessman, former president of Seibu Department Stores, and former member of the Japanese Diet Upper House
  • Kosuke Ito is a former citizen of Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture, who helped to start Frontier Minamisoma NPO
  • Laura Inoue of Komoro Homestay Programme for Mothers and Children
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