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Protesters gather in Tokyo for mass demonstration against nuclear energy

Friday, October 25, 2013 by: Jonathan Benson, staff writer
Tags: nuclear energy, mass protest, Tokyo Japan

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(NaturalNews) Fresh on the minds of the thousands of Japanese people who recently took to the streets of Tokyo in protest of nuclear energy is the ongoing Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, which continues to wreak havoc both in Japan and abroad. According to RT News, many of these folks want to see an end to the use of the high-risk technology, which continues to pollute the environment, the seas and the food supply.

Some 9,000 Japanese activists marched through the streets of Tokyo on October 13, according to reports, holding up signs demanding that nuclear energy production cease. Translated into English, the signs bore phrases like "Stop the atom" and "Don't pollute our sea," referring to the untold millions of gallons of radioactive water from Fukushima that continue to be dumped into the Pacific Ocean.

According to RT News, the protests were in direct response to recent government proposals that Japan's nuclear reactors be restarted. Following the Fukushima disaster, which occurred back in early 2011, Japan indefinitely shut down all 50 of its nuclear reactors, with the most recent shutdown taking place just last month at the Kansai Electric Power Company's No. 4 reactor in Japan's Fukui Prefecture, some 200 miles west of Fukushima.

But now some Japanese officials are calling for nuclear production to be restored in the country, which has bristled quite a few feathers among the general population. Most Japanese people are tired of all the lies from the obviously mismanaged nuclear industry, not to mention the constant threat of radiation poisoning from damaged nuclear reactors.

Nearly three-fourths of Japan wants to see nuclear energy production phased out, claim reports

Reports indicate that some 70 percent of the Japanese population is in agreement that nuclear energy should become a thing of the past. With all of its reactors having been shuttered following the Fukushima disaster and enough energy still being available for everyone, there does not seem to be any need to maintain a nuclear energy industry, especially in an area prone to earthquakes and other threatening natural disasters.

"Anti-nuclear sentiment has grown massively in Japan since the Fukushima disaster, one of the world's worst nuclear power incidents," explains RT News. "Rallies similar to Sunday's are held regularly and attract thousands of people."

The Japanese government, however, appears poised to maintain its existing nuclear infrastructure and eventually restore nuclear energy production in the country. According to Electric Light & Power, the government plans to revise its current energy policy by the end of 2013 to include continued production of nuclear energy, so long as its safety is ensured.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has stated that his government will seek, wherever possible, to reduce its reliance on nuclear energy. But at this time, nuclear power is key to maintaining Japan's current infrastructure. There are plans, however, to expand energy production methods that generate no greenhouse gases or carbon dioxide, up to 70 percent non-emitting sources, by 2030.

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