12 Novembre 2012
Anti-nuclear protesters stage a demonstration through the rain near the Diet building on the evening of Nov. 11. (Mainichi)
Some 100,000 people staged a demonstration near the Diet Building on the rainy evening of Nov. 11 to call for an end to nuclear power, according to figures released by demonstration organizer Metropolitan Coalition Against Nukes.
"We don't need nuclear power!" chanted people who had gathered simultaneously at nine locations in the government quarter, including in front of the prime minister's office. The crowd began assembling at the main meeting point in front of the Diet at just after 5 p.m. and soon the pavement was packed with people. At one point, there were so many protesters packed into one place they disrupted use of the local crosswalks.
"The number of people at the weekly Friday protests has been going down with the temperature," said Haruomi Hanada, a 47-year-old Tokyo man with his 10-year-old daughter in tow. "I was worried people were starting to care less about the issue, but I'm relieved to see so many people here today."
A demonstration scheduled for the capital's Hibiya Park the same day was cancelled after the Tokyo Metropolitan Government refused to issue a permit.
Anti-nuclear protesters turned out in droves Nov. 11 to mark 20 months since the disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.