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Anti-Nuclear Protesters Rally in Tokyo

Protesters stage an anti-nuclear plant demonstration outside the national diet building in Tokyo, March 9, 2014.
Protesters stage an anti-nuclear plant demonstration outside the national diet building in Tokyo, March 9, 2014.
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Thousands of people rallied in a Tokyo park and marched to parliament to demand an end to nuclear power, ahead of the third anniversary of the Fukushima disaster.

Participants at Sunday's demonstration, one of several planned in cities across Japan, vowed to block a move by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government to restart some of the 48 idled reactors and renege on a pledge by the former government to reduce the nation's reliance on nuclear power.

This week marks the anniversary of the deadly earthquake and tsunami that hit the northern region on March 11, 2011. The Fukushima power plant suffered three meltdowns and still spews radiation into the atmosphere and sea.

Engineers say it will take at least four decades to dismantle the plant.

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by: Scott James
March 09, 2014 11:02 AM
The protesters are on the right track. Even nuclear power plants which were built by Japanese companies in the U.S. are being shut down due to defective design and problems with build quality.

Just last year, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission accused Mitsubishi Heavy Industries of designing and building defective generators for the San Onofre nuclear plant in Southern California. The nuclear power plant was permanently shut down last year as a result of these problems, and the California utility Edison sued Mistubishi Heavy Industries and Mitsubishi Nuclear Energy Systems for damages relating to the shut down.

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by: Yoshi from: Sapporo
March 10, 2014 4:15 AM
I do not know why this news has been completely ignored in Japanese media. This is the first time I get to know the trouble and sue. As Mitsubish is pleading against the claims, I have no idea which is right, Mitsubishi or a US power company.

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