After triple crisis, anti-nuclear protests jolt Japan

Many people wearing gas masks marched past TEPCO`s HQ chanting: "We don`t need nuclear plants!"

Last Updated: Mar 28, 2011, 00:58 AM IST

Nagoya (Japan): Hundreds of people joined
anti-nuclear protests in Japan on Sunday following the country`s
worst ever atomic accident at the tsunami-stricken Fukushima
plant.

In the capital, about 300 people -- some wearing gas
masks -- marched past the headquarters of Tokyo Electric
Power, operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi power
station, chanting: "We don`t need nuclear plants!"

A similar number of demonstrators turned out in the
central Japanese city of Nagoya, gathering outside the offices
of regional energy company Chubu Electric Power shouting "We
don`t want another Fukushima."

"I want to be able to choose my way of life and not
leave danger for future generations," said 63-year-old Nagoya
resident Shigeko Furumichi.

Environmentalists have long warned of the risked posed
by Chubu Electric Power`s Hamaoka plant, located 120
kilometres (75 miles) from Nagoya on the Pacific coast of
Shizuoka prefecture.

The facility sits atop a subduction zone near the
junction of two plates in an area feared to be overdue a major
quake.

Japan, which endures 20 percent of all major
earthquakes, generates about 30 percent of its power from
nuclear plants.
The Fukushima Daiichi plant 250 kilometres (155 miles)
north of Tokyo was battered by the magnitude 9.0 earthquake
and monster tsunami which smashed into Japan`s northeast coast
on March 11, knocking out its cooling systems.

The ageing facility has been hit by a series of
explosions and leaking radiation, which has contaminated local
food and tap water.

"Japan has always lied in promoting the benefits of
nuclear plants," said protester Atsuchi Fujuki.

Bureau Report