Friday, June 22, 2012

45,000 people surrounded the japanese prime minister's office

Japanese prime minister's declaration to resume operations of two of the 50 nuclear reactors angers many people, even the moderates, because the nuclear industry just tries to do as if nothing happened. There is no new regulatory scheme or safety standards whatsoever. No fruitful discussions over the future energy policy. The people in Fukushima are abandoned. Every Friday evening the protesters gather in front of the prime minister's office. The crowd is swelling. Yesterday 45,000 turned out, and finally the Japanese mainstream media, such as the TV Asahi covered it. (For those who are not familiar with the Japanese media...the TV Asahi and Asahi Shimbun newspaper in a way similar to MSNBC and the New York Times.)

The video above is from the TV Asahi's major news show. The female reporter asks some protesters about their demands and the reasons they come over. The protesters interviewed are quite ordinary people, an office worker, a social worker, a teacher, a tax adviser, a housewife, the retired, a student, a business owner, and so on (a famous writer is also there). The male reporter enters the office and hears the voices from the outside. He asks the ministers what they think about the protest, but none of them leaves a comment. The anchor is anti-nuclear power plants and the commentator is pro-nuclear power plants. The commentator says that the international politics, especially Japan's relationship with the US won't allow Japan to abandon nuclear power. His desperate attempt to spin the thing is ugly.


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