About 400 show up in Nagoya to tell Kansai Electric to Stop the Restart of the Ooi Nuclear Power Plant in Fukui Prefecture
The people were probably from all walks of life, following no particular political party: young and old, some families, some mothers with small children, many with signs, some in costumes, tambourines, drums, and a lot of chanting. It felt more like a sort of festival than a protest.
But underneath the happy surface one could hear in the voices of those chanting a certain tense eagerness to see their demand met, and as soon as possible.
Walking up to the site, the Tokai branch of Kansai Electric Company, I noticed some police standing guard along a couple of side streets, not sure why they were there. There was one police van with about 8 or so police inside. That was the only van I saw, in contrast to the heavy police presence in past demonstrations in Nagoya such as that of 3.11.
I talked with one young mother who was there with her two little boys. She had heard about the demonstration from Facebook. She was there because she was worried what might happen if the were an accident at the Ooi power plant. “We would have to evacuate, and I really wouldn’t know what to do. It’s very scary.”
One woman who appeared to be in her 60s struck up a conversation with me. She had heard about the event through e-mail. I mentioned that the weren’t a lot of college-aged young people. She said that, unlike years ago, university students really have to take their studies seriously. Before, if they got thrown out of school, they had alternatives. Today, they’re working part-time just to pay for living costs, education, and then they don’t really know if they’ll have a job when they finish school. It’s not like when she was young, she said.
She went on to say that a turnout of 400 was really pretty good considering the conservative behaviour of Nagoyans. She noted that there are many more who would like to attend, but the social pressure (along with other commitments such as work, families, etc.) kept them from participating, though in their hearts they are very supportive of the event. She also told me that she heard in Tokyo there were 80,000 tonight, many more than have protested in a single event since the “Stop Nuclear Power” demonstrations began in 2011.
Here’s one video someone posted of it:
The event was covered by independent journalist Iwakami Yasumi who had journalists on the ground in various cities and a helicopter in the air in Tokyo to get evidence of the numbers turning out.
This from EX-SKF at:
June 29 Protest Looks Much Bigger than June 22 Protest
Watch it live in Iwakami’s 9 channels:http://iwj.co.jp/channels/main/
I just wanted to post this screenshot of all his 9 channels. Channel 2 has TEPCO’s Matsumoto in the regular press conference currently on-going.
June 29 Anti-Ooi Protest in Tokyo Will Be Covered by IWJ’s All 9 Channels: “Project to Visualize Citizens’ Voices”
(UPDATE) Tweet by Japan Communist Party’s newspaper “Akahata” (Red Flag) says “30 minutes before the official start of the protest, but the sidewalks are already full of people. There are significantly more people than last week.”
Iwakami’s USTREAM channel 5 is already showing protesters.
Journalist Takashi Hirose and his supporters will fly a helicopter to cover the event from the air, and journalist Yasumi Iwakami and his staff will fly something “on a small budget” as Iwakami tweets.
And Iwakami’s IWJ‘s all 9 USTREAM channels will cover the protest at the Prime Minister’s Official Residence in Tokyo from different locations and angles. Now that’s true journalism in my book.
Iwakami calls it “Project to visualize citizens’ voices”.
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