Jun 15, 2012

A Moving Video by a Protester

There was a huge demonstration in front of the Prime Minister’s official residence in Tokyo by ordinary citizens, on June 15, 2012, against the restart of nuclear power plants in Japan, all of which have been stopped for routine inspections since May 5, 2012.

The Japanese government is on the verge of approving the restart of Oi nuclear power plant in Fukui prefecture.

People have actually been protesting in front of the PDespite the greatest-ever turnout of 11,000 protesters, the demonstration was not broadcast on TV, shielding the rest of the country from learning what was going on.

What is so moving about this short video is that you can hear the person who took the video crying.  You feel like you are in the crowd with her, sharing the emotion of people who gathered there, desperately wanting to change the future of Japan, not only for the sake of their children, grandchildren and future generation, but also for the sake of the planet Earth.

You hear the crowd shouting in unison, “Saikado hantai! (再稼動反対!) meaning “We oppose the restart!”  

“11,000 public citizens gathered in front of the Prime Minister's official residence today to  protest against the restart of Oi nuclear power plant.  I videotaped from the middle of the crowd all the way to the end of the line.
I was so moved by the power and energy of 11,000 people that you can hear me sobbing from part of the way.  Please watch it!  You will feel the power!”

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  1. Amazing show of solidarity. If we can ever come together like to stop San Onofre I will be crying with joy and hope and gratitude as well. We wish you great success in keeping Japan NUCLEAR FREE!

  2. The simple fact that this footage is not being air on any of the national news media outlets proves their loyalty to the powerful energy industry. Like many of the scientist in the gulf who were more than happy to take bribes for their silence and turned a blind eye on society, this problem like the one on the bottom of the sea floor in the gulf is not going away anytime soon. Artist Thomas DeSoto

  3. Nuclear Free Japan, Nuclear Free America, Nuclear Free World.

  4. Very moving. Brought tears to my eyes.

  5. That's depressing!
    I hear somebody is crying. I'm very sorry that I'm just sitting in my house. I sent my signature to a campaign.

  6. Something we can do: Here is a direct line to the Prime Minister of Japan, His Excellency Yoshihiko Noda. Please write him and ask him to accept help from other governments in stabilizing the spent fuel pool at Fukushima's Reactor No. 4 https://www.kantei.go.jp/foreign/forms/comment_ssl.html