Tens of thousands of Japanese citizens have turned out for an anti-nuclear rally in Tokyo, as the nation prepares to mark the third anniversary of the Fukushima disaster.
Demonstrators congregated at Tokyo’s Hibiya Park on Sunday, close to central government buildings, before marching around the national parliament.
They gathered to voice their anger at the nuclear industry and prime minister Shinzo Abe’s government, which has announced its intention to restart the Japan’s nuclear reactors after two years of inactivity.
“I felt it’s important that we continue to raise our voice whenever possible,” Yasuro Kawai, a 66-year-old businessman from Chiba prefecture, said.
“Today, there is no electricity flowing in Japan that is made at nuclear plants.
“If we continue this zero nuclear status and if we make efforts to promote renewable energy and invest in energy saving technology, I think it’s possible to live without nuclear (power).”
Tokyo resident Michiko Sasaki, 80, said Japan’s national priority should be to think about how to end nuclear power and to rebuild the northern region hit by the disaster.
“In this small nation of ours, there are so many nuclear plants. We are prone to earthquakes,” she said.
“Unless we end it now, what will happen in the future? Politicians must think about children of the future.”