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Don't Restart Oi Nuclear Plant``: Protestors To Noda

Friday, April 20, 2012

Tokyo- (PanOrinet News) Hunderds of activists gathered in front of the Japanese Prime Minister’s official residence Friday evenening (April 20) protesting the government’s decision to restart the Oi nuclear reactor.

Protesters, lined up on the sidewalk of the street facing the office of Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, shouting from loud speakers "Stop nuclear reactors. we are against restarting Oi nuclear reactor".

They held banners saying "Don't Restart" and "Save our Children" and "We are against restarting Oi Nuclear station".

Protesters said they have been demonstrating against the restart of Oi Nuclear station every Friday, and will continue to raise their voices until they are heard.

Ayako Tsukahara, a 51 year woman and a resident of Tokyo, told PanOrient News "Japan has the technology to reduce the pollution from fossil fuel and we should use it. It is very dangerous to depend on nuclear power which humans cannot control".

The head of the Fukui prefectural government's nuclear safety committee suggested Wednesday that Kansai Electric Power Co.'s No. 3 and No. 4 reactors of the nuclear power plant in the town of Oi in the central Japan prefecture have adequate safety measures against earthquakes and tsunami.

Prime Minister Noda, Industry Minister Yukio Edano and two other cabinet ministers last week agreed that it is appropriate to resume operations of two reactors.

In Japan, none of the idled nuclear reactors has restarted operations since the nation's worst-ever nuclear crisis began in March 2011 at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s disaster-stricken Fukushima No. 1 power plant in northeastern Japan.


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