Tokyo: Dozens of Japanese demonstrators
rallied in Tokyo on Sunday, challenging authorities to build an
atomic power plant in the capital city to demonstrate their
sincerity about nuclear safety.
About 50 anti-nuclear power demonstrators shouted: "Let`s
build a nuclear power plant in Tokyo!"
"If they are not lying about nuclear safety, they might
as well bring a nuclear power plant to Tokyo, right?" said
organiser Angelo De Rosa, a 45-year-old Italian language
teacher based in Tokyo.
"In this rally, I also want to question if the government
has provided people correct information on nuclear safety."
The rally came a week after tens of thousands held one of
the biggest anti-nuclear demonstrations in Tokyo, calling for
an end to nuclear energy after the March 11 disaster sparked
the worst atomic crisis since Chernobyl.
Demonstrators at today`s rally carried banners showing
remarks of authorities, politicians and professors that
organisers said promoted nuclear power.
The crowds also mocked several politicians and
scientists, including a Fukushima Medical University professor
who reportedly said that radiation does not affect people who
With widespread public distrust of nuclear technology,
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has pledged a shift away from
atomic power, which accounted for a third of Japan`s energy
supply before the disaster, and boost renewable energy.