Japan marks 2nd earthquake and tsunami anniversary with anti-nuclear protests, AFP says

By on March 11, 2013 under National
An anti-nuclear power protest in Japan

An anti-nuclear power protest in Japan

TOKYO (TR) – Japanese anti-nuclear protesters marked the second anniversary of the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami disaster with rallies across the nation, Agence France-Presse reported.

As many as 150 anti-nuclear events were scheduled to be held over the weekend and on Monday to mark the occasion and to press the government to end nuclear power generation, AFP said, citing local media. Tens of thousands of protesters in central Tokyo marched before the nation’s Diet, Japan’s parliament, after holding rallies in nearby Hibiya Park, the news agency said.

One sign carried by a marcher said, “Sayonara, nuclear power,” according to AFP. “I think it is adults’ responsibility to achieve zero nuclear power, before we die,” said another.

The earthquake and tsunami two years ago killed or left missing nearly 18,000 people and destroyed Tokyo Electric Power Company’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power facility. Tens of thousands of nearby residents remain displaced over fears of radioactive contamination and only two of Japan’s 50 nuclear reactors are now in operation due to public concerns over safety.

Source: AFP

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