Day 469 “At last I can be proud to be Japanese!”

Talking with someone today about the lead story today. She said, “At last I can be proud to be Japanese!” 

Thousands protest against Oi nuclear plant restart in Tokyo

Participants of a rally chant messages of protest against the reactivation of the Oi nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture, in front of the Prime Minister's Office in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward on the evening of June 22. (Mainichi)
Participants of a rally chant messages of protest against the reactivation of the Oi nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture, in front of the Prime Minister’s Office in Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward on the evening of June 22. (Mainichi)

Thousands of people gathered in front of the Prime Minister’s Office in Tokyo on June 22 in a protest against the reactivation of the Oi nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture.

Organizers of the protest, which lasted about two hours, said some 45,000 people took part.

“No to reactivation!” the protesters chanted repeatedly as they occupied about 700 meters of walkways and pavements around the Prime Minister’s Office in the Nagatacho district.

Participants of a rally chant messages of protest against the reactivation of the Oi nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture, in front of the Prime Minister's Office (seen in the background) in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward on the evening of June 22. (Mainichi)
Participants of a rally chant messages of protest against the reactivation of the Oi nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture, in front of the Prime Minister’s Office (seen in the background) in Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward on the evening of June 22. (Mainichi)

“I learned about today’s activity via Facebook,” said a 32-year-old company employee visiting from Tsuchiura, Ibaraki Prefecture. “I’m appalled at (the government’s decision on) restarting the nuclear reactors while the method to dispose of nuclear waste hasn’t been determined.” He said he joined the protest after deciding he shouldn’t remain silent.

Article continues at:

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20120623p2a00m0na005000c.html

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45,000 People Protested Against Ooi Restart in Front of PM Official Residence in Tokyo on June 22, 2012, Media Finally Report

(UPDATE) Video of TV Asahi program reporting the protest in the latest post.=========================================Well well. People in Japan did it the old-fashion way to attract media attention (not that they did it to attract attention, but…). Every single media in Japan ignored the protest on June 15 with 11,000 (or 12,000) people, but they just couldn’t ignore the June 22 crowd of 45,000. (The number is according to the organizers. The police puts the number at 11,000.)

Article continues at:

http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2012/06/45000-people-protested-against-ooi.html

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“The battle has only just begun” — AFP: Tens of thousands protest at Prime Minister’s residence; 100,000 expected next Friday for “Hydrangea Revolution” (VIDEO)

http://enenews.com/afp-tens-of-thousands-protest-at-prime-ministers-residence-the-battle-has-only-just-begun-100000-expected-next-friday-for-hydrangea-revolution-video/comment-page-1#comment-264109

Japan protest over nuclear restart
AFP
June 22, 2012

About 20,000 people gathered in front of Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s residence in Tokyo late Friday to protest his decision to restart two nuclear reactors.

“No to the restart!” shouted the protestors, who were led by investigative journalist Satoshi Kamata and Nobel Prize-winning author Kenzaburo Oe, who started an anti-nuclear petition that has so far gathered more than 7.5 million signatures.

[…]

Friday’s protest was the latest sign of unease over the decision which was taken in conjunction with local authorities and despite the fact that Noda had previously vowed not to act without public backing.

Protesters said they would hold another demonstration next week.

“The battle has only just begun”, insisted renowned composer Ryuichi Sakamoto, another leading figure in the anti-nuclear movement.

[…]

Fukushima Diary: Mr. Hirano, the organizer is only 27 years old. He talks “Most of them joined as individual. I think they got the information from Twitter to join.” […] According to the organizer, 45,000 people joined, mass media reported it was 40,000 people. […] They are planning to collect 100,000 people for the next Friday.

h/t Infopest

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Messrs Edano and Hosono Comment on 45,000-Strong Protest at PM Official Residence on June 22, 2012

As I posted earlier, they were inside the Prime Minister’s Official Residence as the protest was on-going.

Portirland blog, posting the TV Asahi’s program video (probably will be taken down shortly by Asahi soon), shows what the response was from each of them.

“Minister, there is a huge demonstration right now outside the Official Residence, against the Ooi Nuke Plant restart…” What do you think?

First, Mr. Yukio Edano, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry:

(…) No comment.

[snip]

Article continues at:

http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2012/06/messrs-edano-and-hosono-comment-on.html

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And the people’s power continues:

From EX-SKF at:

http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2012/06/june-24-protest-in-pm-nodas-hometown-in.html

June 24 Protest in PM Noda’s Hometown in Chiba

For those of you who live in the Tokyo Metropolitan areas, there’s an event to go to Nishi-Funabashi in Chiba Prefecture and demonstrate there on Sunday June 24.

Why Nishi-Funabashi? Funabashi is Prime Minister Noda’s hometown.

People planning this has a site “Datsu Genpatsu Suginami (Moving away from Nuke in Suginami)”. They are going to Noda’s constituency to protest against the restart of Ooi Nuclear Power Plant.

The titles of the posts announcing the details of the event are really funny. The message is humorous, too.

「6.24 そうだ、船橋行こう。電車でGO!野田退治デモ!!!再稼働はダメなノダ!」
“June 24. Oh yes, let’s go to Funabashi. Let’s go by train! Demonstration to punish Noda!!! No to restart!” (Well, the last bit is impossible to translate, as the Japanese verb ending is also the name of the Prime Minister..)

Anyway, the details:

  • Date: Sunday June 24
  • Meeting time and place: 2PM, in Nishifuna Kinrin Park (西船近隣公園), right outside the North Exit of JR Nishi-Funabashi Station
  • Meeting starts at: 2:30PM
  • Protest march starts at: 3PM
  • Protest ends at: Ten-numa [I think, not sure] Benten-ike Park (天沼弁天池公園), north side of JR Funabashi Station (2-hour march)

The route map is on their post.

The organizers suggests you wear something yellow, and take the JR Sobu Line to Nishi Funabashi because the Sobu Line trains are yellow. They say they just decided yellow is their color for anti-nuke protest. The Tozai subway is OK, they say, even if the trains are not yellow. From their post on the trains, the timetable is reproduced here; the left column is Sobu Line (with train number), the right column Tozai Line (subway):

総武線(列車番号1258B) 東西線(黄色くないけど)
12:43 三鷹 Mitaka 12:38 三鷹 Mitaka
12:48 西荻窪 Nishi Ogikubo 12:43 西荻窪 Nishi Ogikubo
12:50 荻窪 Ogikubo 12:45 荻窪 Ogikubo
12:53 阿佐ヶ谷 Asagaya 12:48 阿佐ヶ谷 Asagaya
12:54 高円寺 Koenji 12:49 高円寺 Koenji
12:57 中野 Nakano 12:54 中野 Nakano
13:00 東中野 Higashi Nakano 12:56 落合 Ochiai
13:04 新宿 Shinjuku 12:59 高田馬場 Takatanobaba
13:15 飯田橋 Iidabashi 13:07 飯田橋 Iidabashi
13:22 秋葉原 Akihabara 13:09 九段下 Kudanshita
13:28 錦糸町 Kinshicho 13:14 日本橋 Nihonbashi
13:48 西船橋 Nishifunabashi 13:48 西船橋 Nishifunabashi

At this point, it seems Japanese people are less afraid of speaking up against the power that be, and of sticking out by doing unusual things like joining a protest. I just saw a bit of live video from Hirosaki City in Aomori Prefecture where a handful of people gathered on the street corner and protested against nuclear power plants and the Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant (located in Aomori Prefecture). No matter how small, they were there waving signs, and there was someone (Yasumi Iwakami’s IWJ volunteer, most likely) who captured it live on USTREAM. Hundreds of people viewed the live stream.

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More from ENENEWS at:

“Awe-Inspiring”: Latest footage from inside massive protests at Prime Minister’s residence — Battle between people of Japan and their gov’t “just seems to intensify more and more” (VIDEOS)

Via Portirblog translated by EXSKF:

“Minister, there is a huge demonstration right now outside the Official Residence, against the Ooi Nuke Plant restart…” What do you think?

  • “No comment.” -Edano
  • “I’m in a hurry now.” -Hosono

Footage via hyperballad2011:

[snip]

Footage via freedomwv (English narration):

“To be honest it’s a bit amazing to be here and see this right now… To be here in the middle of the this is kind of breathtaking and awe-inspiring”:

The video ends with this, “Young, old, businessmen, college students, housewives, everybody is out here… really amazing just how many different types of people are here. For anyone that thinks the Japanese are not fighting, they are fighting. The thing is they cannot do things by themselves. Sadly the world is not paying attention to these people…”

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85 microSv/h detected in mud near Fukushima gov’t office (VIDEO)

85.03 microSv/h, Fukushima city, mud into a river, June 2012, What’s going in rivers ?
Published on Jun 22, 2012
Uploaded by Birdhairjp

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On 23 June 2012, I measured radiation at a riverside of WATARASE river in Fukushima city of Fukushima prefecture, Japan.

The monitoring point is central area of Fukushima city, near the bridge of national road route 4 across the river, only 200m for Fukushima prefectural government office, and 55km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear power plant.

There are rain water drainage ditches into ABUKUMA river from “WATARI”, a housing area of Fukushima city.

I monitored 0.45 micro Sievert per hour in air at my breast height of the river water’s edge.

15.70 in air at 100cm high near mud of the drainage ditch, 85.03 micro Sievert per hour on the mud.

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From ENENEWS at:

http://enenews.com/nhk-special-radiation-danger-haunts-fukushima-town-nurses-if-i-stay-here-i-dont-know-if-ill-be-able-to-have-children-and-raise-them-safely-we-dont-know-whats-going-to-happen-we

*NHK Special* Radiation danger haunts Fukushima town — Nurses: “If I stay here I don’t know if I’ll be able to have children and raise them safely”; “We don’t know what’s going to happen… we live in a constant state of anxiety” (VIDEO)

Fukushima Hospitals In Crisis: Staff Shortage Due To Radiation Fears
Date Uploaded: Jun 21, 2012
Uploaded by MissingSky101

Transcript Excerpts

[…]

The invisible danger of radiation haunts this town [Minamisoma]. The nurses still working at the hospital are uneasy about it too.

[Nurse 1:] “We don’t know what’s going to happen in Fukushima, everything depends on the situation at the nuclear plant, so we live in a constant state of anxiety.”

[…]

[Nurse 2:] “If I stay here I don’t know if I’ll be able to have children and raise them safely.”

[…]

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