``Occupy Kasumigasaki`` Movement Camps Continue in front of METI
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Tokyo- (PanOrient News) Women representatives from all over Japan are camping in Kasumigaseki district in Tokyo to express their objection to the nuclear power plants in Japan in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
Tents belonging to various civil anti-nuclear movements are pitched on the sidewalk corner facing the building of Japanese Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry. The women’s movement started on October 30, and continues through November 5.
The activists held banners saying“We Are Anti-Nuclear,” and “Don’t Restart Nuclear Plants.”
One of the banners said "Occupy Kasumigasaki," the district in Tokyo where government buildings are concentrated.
The anti nuclear energy movement is gaining more support among Japanese civilian groups as the crisis in the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plants has not been solved. Reports bring daily news of radioactive leaks and contamination with materials such as radioactive cesium in various part of the country.
The government of Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda seems to be adopting the policy of continuing using nuclear power energy, and restarting reactors that have been stopped for maintenance to reconfirm their safety.
The government is also back on track promoting the exports of nuclear technology to countries such as Vietnam and Turkey.
The Japanese prime minister said his government will work to reduce the dependence on the nuclear power in Japan.
But observers say that the current government is not able to achieve this goal because there is no viable source yet to fill the gap of about 30 percent of the energy provided currently by nuclear power.
The anti-nuclear activists, however, are calling on the government to activate alternative and clean energy technologies and phase out the nuclear reactors.
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