Day 731 Stop NP demos across the country and the world

From 10:00 a.m. to around 4:00 p.m. today I was glued to 5 browser windows open to IWJ’s (Independent Web Journal) live coverage of the stop nuclear power protests going on in major cities across Japan (last weekend one was held here in Nagoya). In Kochi, Fukuoka, Shiga, Kanagawa, Hokkaido, Gifu, Kyoto, and other cities, major rallies were held, speakers from mothers to university professors to TV actors took to the stages, average people marched in the streets, some in the rain, some in the snow. I expected to have a lot to report this evening. 

Then I checked the mainstream news outlets.

The Mainichi: nothing.

NHK World:

Anti-nuclear power protests staged in Europe

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20130310_08.html

Anti-nuclear protest held in Taiwan

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20130309_23.html

and here in Japan????  nothing.

Kyodo News: nothing.

Jiji Press: nothing.

Chunichi Web: nothing.

Ask me if I believe in censorship of the media.

(Please! If I missed the articles somewhere, send me the URLs and I will be more than happy to post them with an apology.)

Maybe they’ll cover all of it tomorrow, right?

In the meantime, you have to go to foreign media outlets to get news about Japan. Hazukashii!!!

From India:

No atomic power anymore: Thousands of Japanese protest in anti-nuclear rally

http://www.newsbharati.com/Encyc/2013/3/10/No-atomic-power-anymore-Thousands-of-Japanese-protest-in-anti-nuclear-rally.aspx

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Via RT.com:

Thousands gather for Tokyo anti-nuclear protest 2 yrs post-Fukushima (PHOTOS)

http://rt.com/news/japan-nuclear-protest-fukushima-038/

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As much as I respect EX-SKF and the dedicated reporting we have been so lucky to have had over the past 2 years, even on their blog, the protests were downplayed. Sad, as these are thousands of frustrated people who are doing the only thing they find possible to vent their anger at TEPCO and the government, by getting out on the streets and showing solidarity with the people of Fukushima. 

#Radioactive Japan on 2nd Anniversary of #Fukushima Nuclear Accident: “Beyond-Nuclear” Demonstrations (Same Old, Same Old)

 http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2013/03/radioactive-japan-on-2nd-anniversary-of.html

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From Taiwan:

200,000 take part in Taiwan’s anti-nuclear protest

http://focustaiwan.tw/ShowNews/WebNews_Detail.aspx?Type=aALL&ID=201303090038

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From Washington, D.C.:

Raw: Fukushima Remembered at Japan Protest

http://washingtonexaminer.com/raw-fukushima-remembered-at-japan-protest/article/feed/2078232

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In other news…

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Japanese food still banned in 44 states

Radioactive contamination fears persist

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/03/09/national/japanese-food-still-banned-in-44-states/#at_pco=cfd-1.0

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WSJ: Molten fuel could be outside Fukushima reactor — Experts concerned it’s not being cooled properly

http://enenews.com/wsj-molten-fuel-could-be-outside-fukushima-reactor-experts-concerned-its-not-being-cooled-properly

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Tepco “Tepco can’t maintain the stable supply of Fukushima workers, needs help of the gov and industry”

http://fukushima-diary.com/2013/03/tepco-tepco-cant-maintain-the-stable-supply-of-fukushima-workers-needs-help-of-the-gov-and-industry/

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