Friday, June 29, 2012

June 29 Anti-Ooi Protest in Tokyo Will Be Covered by IWJ's All 9 Channels: "Project to Visualize Citizens' Voices"

(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:

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.


Anonymous said...

Amazed at the number of people that came, but extremely disappointed in the organizer. At 7:50 PM (shown on Iwakuni's Ch5) he started using his megaphone to tell everyone that they should calm down, that they had accomplished their goal for the night (I'd like to know what exactly he thinks was accomplished), and that it was time to go home to "avoid damaging the image of the anti-restart group". The whole point of a demo is to make/force your point. Go when YOU want it to be over, when the police erupt in violence, when you finally get a comment from the prime minister. Going home 10 minutes before your permit for the night expires in an orderly manner does not make an effective demo. It will change nothing. All Noda has to do it let the people gather for 2 hours every Friday and wait until 8 pm before everything goes back to normal. That's not a demo, that's just an "event".

Flo said...

Maybe someone in a critical executive position was afraid that the situation could escalate, because one week ago nobody expected the numbers of participants raise THAT drastically from one week to the next...

And so he spoke to the organizer about his/their concerns and asked for his cooperation, telling him at the same time that "the message was DEFINITELY being heard this time" and that all things that are possible to do atm. to fulfill the people's strong and unmistakingly proclaimed wishes WILL BE DONE A.S.A.P. If that's what happenend/happens right now – and if the executive KEEPS HIS WORD, Japan is on a bright way starting from today.

nuckelchen said...

as the one of the germans who had anylized all the privat taken videos from the love parade drama i can see on some pictures-on a first look-a number of heads per square meter that is over the limit for a mass-panic.
okay, the peoples in japan are not so fat as we here,
please don’t forget that the drama at the love parade was triggered by the german police.
(and that as long now only one cop stays on the courts,one of 15.000)
it would be need only one person who dies by no-breathe or something and bang, a mass-panic could be starting.
and likeable how much the police is pissed of by the demonstrations are they still waiting for a situation to give the peoples some repressions, of curse they didn’t wanne kill somebody,
but shit happens.

and if shit will happens in such a mass of humens trapped in high street canyons….

what is about build blocks spontaneous-self-organized?
on bigger street-crossings?
and or to keep the nodal points free?
well self organized?
to defuse self the dangerness of mass-demonstrations,
to give the police no possibility to …whatevers…

there are many ways to involte a group as some guards/stewards verry quickly and easy,
not only the hell angels like the stones had done it ’69.
but they would be better then nothing to keep some points free and clear.
or whats about sport-clubs?
300 karate street fighters will keep the police right back to the point where they have to stay, don’t they?

that all must be readen a bitly strange and crazy but much better then to get died by no breathe in a mass panic while the police is standing around and doe nothing.

Flo said...

PS@Anonymous: "Demonstration" as "Event" is not what twirls around in japanese minds these times, i'm pretty sure on that. Neither is it exceptionally funny for Jap.Gov at the moment. They have REAL problems in Japan and they ALL know it. This "common knowledge" is, what catalyzes the immense rapidity of the momentarily happening awakening of political concsiousness in Japan. And that will "never go away again". (At least not for some decades.) It can only be made to grow and blossom... or it can be cut into pieces and burned – in an act of mere genocide.

History will have an eye on us all...

Flo said...

... "consciousness", of course.

nuckelchen said...

as long i "hear" once a time that germany and japan got "so many" commons
here are some pictures as an german example for the police violence against its own citizens.
enjoy :-( :

JAnonymous said...

They might have a hard time guessing numbers, but this time again, they got it COMPLETELY WRONG.

We arrived at 6:05 PM this time, and the train station was swamped, had to queue 10~20mins to get outside. Then the sidewalk was also massively crowded and we had to walk down as far as possible. The usual walk was full, so they sent us downhill towards kasumigaseki station, where there were only organizers, NO POLICE at all.

They all arrived 10mins later with plastic cones and all. They clearly underestimated the number once again. I think the ratio of people to last time is the same as the previous ratio, so probably around 150~200 thousand people. Let's wait for the headcount...

Flo said...

Yes that continuus drastical underestimations are a bad form of chronical lying... hope they overcome it soon. For the best of all of us. :/

Beppe said...

One real problem of Japan is that the consumption tax is going to be spent on the usual pointless projects (concrete) that have not revived Japanese economy in the past 20 years. Another problem is that if another Fukushima happens the country will be done for good.
If anyone is listening to the demonstrations at top I would like to see it in the facts: stop Oi now.
Scrap for good new npps being built: it is wasted money.
Scrap scrap that pathetic failure of Monju: it only has been wasted money since 20 years.
Scrap Hamaoka now: it is a gun pointed at Japan's main blood vessel (Tomei highway)
Scrap now and for good all the plants older than 30 years: the electric fan I just bought has a warning saying "I am designed to last 10 years, replace me in due time"; npps are no different.
Do not restart any npp until *after* they have implemented all the safety measures required by Fukushima; Japanese npps are designed to withstand an earthquake of degree 6 so I do not see how you can safely restart any of them, nor how you can retrofit them but still...
Do not restart any npp until you have figured out what to do with spent fuel: I am sick of seeing private profits (electricity) and public liabilities (Fukushima and spent fuel).

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