Day 492 Tokyo rally draws 170,000

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Antinuclear rally draws 170,000 people at central Tokyo park

Anti-nuclear protesters carry "No nukes" banners during a march in Tokyo, Monday, July 16, 2012. Tens of thousands of people gathered at a Tokyo park, demanding “Sayonara,” or goodbye, to nuclear power as Japan prepares to restart yet another reactor, and expressed outrage over a report that blamed culture on the Fukushima disaster. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
Anti-nuclear protesters carry “No nukes” banners during a march in Tokyo, Monday, July 16, 2012. Tens of thousands of people gathered at a Tokyo park, demanding “Sayonara,” or goodbye, to nuclear power as Japan prepares to restart yet another reactor, and expressed outrage over a report that blamed culture on the Fukushima disaster. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

TOKYO (Kyodo) — An anti-nuclear power plant rally called for by a group led by Nobel literature laureate Kenzaburo Oe and other celebrities drew a crowd of around 170,000 people Monday at Tokyo’s Yoyogi Park, according to organizers.

At the assembly held under a scorching sun, dubbed “100,000 People’s Assembly to say Goodbye to Nuclear Power Plants,” journalist Satoshi Kamata said at the opening event, “We want to bring an end to nuclear power plants immediately.”

Article continues at:

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20120716p2g00m0dm090000c.html

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From Kyodo News at:

http://english.kyodonews.jp/photos/2012/07/169832.html

Antinuclear rally in Tokyo

Photo taken by a Kyodo News helicopter shows people gathering in an anti-nuclear power plant rally at Tokyo’s Yoyogi Park on July 16, 2012. The assembly, dubbed “100,000 People’s Assembly to say Goodbye to Nuclear Power Plants,” drew a crowd of around 170,000 people, according to organizers. (Kyodo)

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Antinuclear rally draws 170,000 people at central Tokyo park

By Megumi Iizuka
TOKYO, July 16, Kyodo

An anti-nuclear power plant rally called for by a group led by Nobel literature laureate Kenzaburo Oe and other celebrities drew a crowd of around 170,000 people Monday at Tokyo’s Yoyogi Park, according to organizers.

The Metropolitan Police Department, which provided security for the event, said the assembly attracted around 75,000 people.

At the assembly held under a scorching sun, dubbed “100,000 People’s Assembly to say Goodbye to Nuclear Power Plants,” journalist Satoshi Kamata said at the opening event, “We want to bring an end to nuclear power plants immediately.”

Antinuclear rally in Tokyo
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Massive Tokyo rally decries atomic power

Organizers say 170,000 turned out to demand nuke-free Japan

AFP-Jiji, Kyodo

Tens of thousands of people rallied Monday in Tokyo demanding an end to nuclear power, the latest in a series of demonstrations to erupt since the triple-meltdown disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.

Under scorching sunshine on a national holiday, demonstrators marched through the streets near Yoyogi Park chanting: “Don’t resume nuclear power operation. Prime Minister Noda should quit.”

Article continues at:

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120716x1.html#.UAP7yo6D57Y

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Some Citizens Got Wiser on July 13 Protest at PM Official Residence in Tokyo, on Bikes and Cars to Take Advantage of Roads Cleared by the Police

From OurPlanetTV (7/14/2012):

I tweeted some of the suggestions from the readers of this blog about the protest, including using cars going round the Prime Minister’s Official Residence. From the reaction from my Japanese followers, it simply didn’t occurred to them. But it did occur to some people who took part on their bikes and cars, as you see in the video above.

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From ENENEWS at:

http://enenews.com/watch-former-nytimes-journalist-goes-inside-no-entry-zone-reports-radiation-levels-over-10-times-higher-than-tepcos-data-video

Watch: Former NYTimes journalist goes inside no-entry zone, reports radiation levels over 10 times higher than Tepco’s data (VIDEO)

上杉隆が警戒区域内に入った
Published by: u3wjp
Published on: July 13, 2012

u3w.jp

EXSKF notes: “TEPCO says on its webpage that summarizes the monitoring post data that the company did the thorough decontamination from February to April this year around the the monitoring posts MP2 through 8 in order to reduce the background radiation levels to better monitor the radiation fluctuations.”

Takashi Uesugi, former New York Times reporter (u3w.jp)

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Worth watching. This is part of why so many Japanese and non-Japanese alike are so angry at the government and TEPCO for the crimes they have committed.

From ENENEWS at:

http://enenews.com/mayor-fukushima-town-hair-fell-one-woman-told-tears-her-eyes-im-sorry-video

Mayor in Fukushima Town: “My hair fell off” one woman told me with tears in her eyes — I’m so sorry for them still (VIDEO)

Futaba Mayor’s testimony of Fukushima Daiichi at the Diet
Published on Jul 15, 2012
Published by Ato Munch

Mr. Idogawa, Mayor of Futaba Town where Fukushima Daiichi located testified about the day of Unit 1′s explosion. Japanese government did not announce SPEEDI data, so Futaba’s citizens evacuated to northwest where radiation drifted. Many citizens of Futaba were exposed to radiation including children. Senator Masako Mori severely questioned to Prime Minister Noda about Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant’s accident.

At 6:45 in

Katsutaka Idogawa, Mayor of Futaba Town: Some say its safer than Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but I’ve never agreed with them.

We didn’t have to be exposed but we were. How can people without exposure understand us?

I felt so on March 12.

After most citizens evacuated, I evacuated, too.

I didn’t know still some people remained in the town.

One of them told me “My hair fell off” with tears in her eyes.

I’m so sorry for them still.

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From The Guardian (UK)

Fukushima reactor meltdown was a man-made disaster, says official report

Japanese investigators say tsunami wasn’t sole cause of nuclear accident and criticise collusion and poor regulation

Last year’s accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was a manmade disaster caused by poor regulation and collusion between the government, the operator and the industry’s watchdog, a report has said.

In a highly critical assessment published on Thursday, a Japanese parliamentary panel challenged claims by the plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), that the triple meltdown at the plant in north-east Japan had been caused solely by a 14-metre tsunami on 11 March last year. The panel said the magnitude-9 earthquake that preceded the waves could not be ruled out as a cause of the accident.

It accused Tepco and regulators at the nuclear and industrial safety agency of failing to take adequate safety measures, despite evidence that the area was susceptible to powerful earthquakes and tsunamis.

“The Fukushima nuclear power plant accident was the result of collusion between the government, the regulators and Tepco, and the lack of governance by said parties,” said the report, compiled by the Fukushima nuclear accident independent investigation commission.

Article continues at:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/jul/05/fukushima-meltdown-manmade-disaster

(h/t J)

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This is a great idea… From what I understand, researchers get funding for their projects from governments or corporations. That means that IF the findings of their research are not agreeable to those who have provided the funds, the researchers might find it difficult to get their results published and/or receive future grants. Here’s an idea that will get them funded and get the results out so that people have access to them.

From ENENEWS at:

http://enenews.com/head-researcher-bluefin-tuna-contaminated-fukushima-cesium-water-around-japan-month-will-look-like-after-spending-entire-life-audio

Head Researcher: California bluefin tuna with Fukushima cesium in waters near Japan for under a month? What will they look like after spending entire life there? (AUDIO)

Title: Tuna carrying radio active material across Pacific
Source: ABC Australia, Pacific Beat
Author: Wayne Shields
Date: July 15, 2012

Dan Madigan, Stanford University: […] so in 2011, the fish we measured — because we didn’t know what we’d see and we weren’t really convinced we’d see anything — we only measured 15 fish, and what was amazing was that we found it in all 15 bluefin tuna that we looked at. These were known from their size to be migrants from Japan, so they had only by the nature of when we sampled them and how long it takes them to cross the Pacific, we know they’d only been in the water around Japan for at most two months, probably less, maybe less than a month. So our big simple question was what will bluefin look like that migrate over this year that have spent their entire life from egg stage growing up in the waters off Japan? The concentrations of radioactivity had decreased, but the amount of time the animals have to spend in that water before they make their long migrations has increased. So we really don’t know what to expect. And there’s many other species that use those waters off Japan and migrate long distances, and as of now none of them have been looked at, and again people really want to know what species are carrying this radioactivity and which aren’t, and that’s what we’re trying to do.

[…]

There’s a relatively new, I think it’s somewhere in the range of one to two years old, funding site called petri dish, so that petridish.org, and we actually just launched our project on that site. And it’s a really cool idea what they’ve done. Their idea is instead of applying to grant agencies in the traditional fashion, it allows the public to go on this website, check our scientific projects, find one that interests them and contribute. And we really found after our first study we were overwhelmed by the public response, and it was clear that people want to know more about what’s going on and this is a chance for them to put a contribution of their choice, a small or a larger contribution towards figuring that out and doing a solid comprehensive study of lots of different species. So that’s what we’re doing and Petri Dish reached out to us and we just launched our project on there, so I’m encouraging anyone who’s interested in this story to go on that site. And we really want people to focus on and let us know the animals that they are interested in; whether it be ones they eat or ones they just like, so it could be sea turtles or whales, because you really like sea turtles or whales. Or it could be albacore because you eat a lot of albacore, it’s really up to you. And the nice thing is that the people who contribute are kept up to date with the work, they’re basically already directly taking part in the work and depending on how much you contribute you get something from the researchers, whether it be a thank you letter from all the researchers, other forms of swag like t-shirts, framed photographs of your study animal of choice, there’s kind of a wide variety there and you can check that all out on the site too.

Learn more here: http://www.petridish.org/projects/fukushima-trips-transport-of-radionuclides-in-pelagic-species

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 More from the demo here in Nagoya yesterday:

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