19 Juin 2012
June 19, 2012
WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- Antinuclear protestors and conservationists rallied in Washington on Monday against Japan's approval for resuming two idled nuclear reactors, calling for Tokyo to reverse the decision.
The protest in front of the Japanese Embassy in Washington followed similar protests in other countries, including Australia, France, Germany, India, Italy, South Korea and Thailand, according to its organizers.
Holding signs with slogans such as "Don't Nuke the Climate," the protesters presented an embassy official with a petition addressed to Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda along with about 5,500 signatures.
Titus North, a member of an environmental conservation group participating in the rally, said, "We want Japan to show the world that (a nation) can do without nuclear power plants."
The Japanese government on Saturday approved restarting the reactors at the Oi plant in Fukui on the Sea of Japan coast, the first to come back on line since all reactors in Japan were idled amid concern about their safety following last year's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant crisis.