07 May '11, 9am

Thousands rally in Japan against #nuclear power

TOKYO - THOUSANDS of people rallied in Japan on Saturday to demand a shift away from nuclear power after an earthquake and tsunami sparked the world's worst atomic crisis since Chernobyl a quarter-century ago. Braving spring drizzle, thousands of demonstrators gathered at a park in Tokyo's Shibuya district, many holding hand-made banners reading: 'Nuclear is old!' and 'We want a shift in energy policy!' The protest came a day after Prime Minister Naoto Kan called a halt to operations at a nuclear plant south-west of Tokyo because it is near a tectonic faultline, fearing a disaster like that which hit the Fukushima Daiichi plant in March. 'I'm happy to see the prime minister finally taking action,' said protester Manami Inoue, 28, who had a black and yellow 'No' sign around her neck. But I want to know when the plant will really stop operations,' she said. Fellow demonstrat...

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