16000 people demonstrated against Japan Government decision to restart Nuclear Reactor

Sep 24, 2014 12:15 IST

16000 people on 23 September 2014 held a rally in Tokyo to protest against Government decision to restart Nuclear Reactor.

The demonstrations started after the nuclear watchdog of Japan approved plans to restart two reactors at the Sendai plant in southern Japan on 10 September 2014.

It was one of the largest anti-nuclear demonstrations. The rally demonstrators marched through the capital, carrying banners reading: We don't need nuclear plants.
However, the Government said that the resource-poor nation should be realistic about its energy needs and tried to convince a sceptical public about the necessity of nuclear power.

Earlier the Nuclear Regulatory Authority had said the two reactors were satisfactory but hurdles still remain. The hurdles includes about getting the consent of local communities.

Since Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011, the country has seen widespread protest against nuclear reactors which has halted the production of energy from nuclear reactors in Japan. In pre-Fukushima Japan, nuclear power accounted for nearly one-third of the country's energy needs.

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