About 9,000 anti-nuclear advocates marched in Japan’s capital on Saturday, the day before the last online nuclear reactor in the country would go offline for inspection. They were calling for the end of Japan’s dependency on nuclear energy, reminding the government of the meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear plant more than two years ago.
The anti-nuclear protest was organized by none other than novelistKenzaburo Oe, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1994. “We want to keep telling what is happening at Fukushima even though everybody is talking about the Olympics,” Oe said. At the protest, he reminded everyone to “hand down an environment in which children can live without fear.” The advocates gathered at the Kameido Chuo Park then marched close to JR Kinshicho Station and around theTokyo Skytree.
The claims from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that the situation in Fukushima is “under control” were also questioned. “Can you say the situation is under control even though contaminated water keeps leaking?” asked writer Keiko Ochiai. Katsumi Hasegawa, another speaker, was among the victims of the disaster, spoke strongly against having nuclear power plants. “With the future of my children tainted, I have realized that radiation and human beings cannot coexist,” said Hasegawa, whose family volunteered to evacuate from the city of Koriyama in Fukushima Prefecture to the city of Fujinomiya in Shizuoka Prefecture.