Friday, June 29, 2012

the videos that describe the last evening's anti-nuclear protest well

I think no one can tell how many people actually turned out, but this footage well describes how the last evening's protest went and its euphoria. It's historic.

Nice photos by Jim Grisanzio.

Hiroko Tabuchi's contribution to The New York Times.

An independent journalist Ryan, aka The Ghost Letter Reports, reports the protest with his English commentary. He says, "I bring you another special report from Tokyo. The Ghost Letter Reports was on the scene for a Anti-Nuclear protest in central Tokyo which quickly grew from 60,000 to well over 150,000 people in a matter of several minutes. This is the first of several videos which GLR will upload on this event. Please spread far and wide. Break the media blackout." He mentions that the street is totally blocked by the protesters. If you know the usual protests in Japan, you can see the significance of this.


I've never seen a huge protest like this in Japan. Of course I was there. The people chant "Saikado hantai (No to the resuming operations)" infinitely.

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.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Slavoj Žižek and Alexis Tsipras

Greeks may have a choice. And here is Žižek's writing entitled "Save Us from the Saviours" appearing in London Review of Books.