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Anti-nuke protesters to encircle parliament in Tokyo


08:34, July 30, 2012

TOKYO, July 29 (Xinhua) -- Protesters took to the streets again in central Tokyo on Sunday to oppose the recent resumption of two reactors at the Oi nuclear power plant in western Japan after all of the nation's reactors were closed following the Fukushima nuclear crisis.

The demonstration was organized by the Metropolitan Coalition Against Nukes, who rallies in front of the prime minister's office every Friday.

The protesters this time marched from the Hibiya Park and will encircle Japan's Parliament building with candlelight, and several lawmakers from both ruling and opposition parties will address them in front of the main gate, according to Kyodo news agency.

Similar rallies have been staged for several times. While the first rally on March 29 drew only about 300 people, the number of participants has grown since.

On June 29, the number of protesters reached around 200,000, according to the organizers. But the Metropolitan Police Department reported a much lower figure of 17,000.

Misao Redwolf, one of the rally's organizers, said on Friday that the weekly rallies will not stop until the government shuts down the Oi reactors.

Japanese government approved the restart of two reactors at the Oi plant on June 16 to tackle power shortage during the summertime.

Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on the Pacific coast in northeastern Japan was crippled by a major earthquake and ensuing tsunami on March 11, 2011, triggering the worst radioactive leakage in history.

Japan's 30 percent of electricity relies on generation of nuclear power.


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