The "single issue plus one" protest action organized by the Metropolitan Coalition Against Nukes is on yet again this Friday (8/10/2012) in Tokyo, after a rather disappointing attendance on the August 3 protest in which the police source said 4,000 attended and the organizers said 70,000 attended.
Here's information for those of you who want to go, from the organizer's webpage:
Withdraw the appointment of commissioners for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission! Stop Ooi Nuke Plant immediately, and stop the restart!
*Following the last week's protest, on the impending appointment of commissioners for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission which requires the approval from the National Diet, we will also protest against this appointment that will invite in the people from the "nuclear village" including Mr. Shunichi Tanaka.
Date and Time: Friday August 10, 6:00-8:00PM
Place: At the Prime Minister's Official Residence, and Nagatacho/Kasumigaseki areas [where the ministries are located]
(Please use Kasumigaseki Station, Toranomon Station, and Sakuradamon Station)
*Kokkaigijidomae Station on Chiyoda and Marunouchi Line is expected to be extremely crowded.
Organizer: Metropolitan Coalition Against Nukes
The organizers continue to insist there be no signs, banners, flags that have nothing to do with anti-nuclear or beyond-nuclear messages. Mr. Yasuo Tanaka (leader of the New Party Nippon) will again distribute white balloons (of which I still fail to see any connection to the anti-nuclear protest).
The organizers who have been active on Twitter trashing anyone who doesn't sing their praise seem to have managed to alienate many net citizens, who have taken these members' taunts literally ("If you think you can do it, go ahead and do it separately") and are organizing separate events on issues they think more pressing and/or important (ACTA, TPP, tax hike, etc.). For more about these organizers, see my previous post.
To me personally, any protest which does not address radiation contamination in food and soil, wide-area disaster debris disposal, and non-existent "recovery" in Tohoku is suspect.
In the meantime, the meeting between the organizers and the prime minister has been postponed (probably for good, many hope) due to the "pressing nature of the political scenes" as the media portrays. The vote of no confidence against the Noda administration has been defeated, thanks to LDP and Komei members of the Lower House who didn't attend the session. Ex-Prime Minister Hatoyama, a new darling of many who are against nuclear power, didn't attend either.
Hatoyama seems he needs more time to gain more popularity among voters, and early Lower House election is not in his interest either.
Anyhow... if any of you are going, please let us know how it goes.