(UPDATE) Tweet by Japan Communist Party's newspaper "Akahata" (Red Flag) says "30 minutes before the official start of the protest, but the sidewalks are already full of people. There are significantly more people than last week."
Iwakami's USTREAM channel 5 is already showing protesters.
Journalist Takashi Hirose and his supporters will fly a helicopter to cover the event from the air, and journalist Yasumi Iwakami and his staff will fly something "on a small budget" as Iwakami tweets.
And Iwakami's IWJ's all 9 USTREAM channels will cover the protest at the Prime Minister's Official Residence in Tokyo from different locations and angles. Now that's true journalism in my book.
Iwakami calls it "Project to visualize citizens' voices".
The protest will start at 6PM, June 29, 2012, Japan Standard Time. (See the clock to the right on my blog.)
Here's the link to his USTREAM channels: http://iwj.co.jp/channels/main/
According to Iwakami's tweets,
Channel 1: from 4:30PM, talk show (Iwakami, Professor Ayumu Yasutomi, Representative Tomohiko Taira, who recently quit DPJ), then Iwakami will go to the protest at the PM's Official Residence and report from there. After the protest, the channel will do the delayed netcast of the aerial video taken by his group
Channel 2: At 6PM, regular schedule (TEPCO press conference), then the delayed net cast of the aerial video taken by Hirose's group (for security reasons, they weren't allowed to netcast live; same with Iwakami's group). Our Planet TV will also netcast this video.
Channel 3: live netcast using a car circling the areas showing the protesters
Channel 4: Birdseye view of the protest from a nearby building
Channel 5: Live netcast at the head of the protesters right near the PM's Official Residence, citizens' speeches and protesters' shouting of slogans
Channel 6: Live netcast at the tail-end of the protesters
Channel 7: Focus on Professor Yasutomi and Representative Taira, as they join the protesters
Channel 8 and Channel 9: IWJ's volunteer cameramen and camerawomen from various locations at the protest.
I do not agree with his stance on certain issues, but he definitely have my deep respect.
Some say this protest will be much bigger than even the June 22 protest. Certainly the police seems to think so, as it is dedicating "several hundred" policemen to guard against unexpected incidents, according to Mainichi Shinbun (6/29/2012). According to Mainichi, that is the largest number of policemen at a protest in more than a decade.
The police admits that this is a type of protests and demonstrations that it is not familiar with at all. Traditionally, protests and demonstrations in Japan have been organized by existing groups and political parties. It has been easy for the police to estimate the number of participants and plan accordingly. But these days, organizers of protests and demonstrations are apolitical, and people learn about the protests via Twitter and Facebook. The police just can't come up with a good estimate, says Mainichi.