Monday, June 11, 2012

June 15 Protest Planned Against Ooi Nuke Plant Restart in Front of PM Official Residence, KEPCO

Net citizens in Japan are planning for large demonstrations in front of the Prime Minister's Official Residence in Tokyo and in front of the Kansai Electric Power Company (KEPCO) headquarters in Osaka on Friday June 15, 2012.

If you are in the area (whether you live in Japan or are traveling in Japan), stop by and take in the atmosphere, and feel free to report your experience here in the comment section. (As someone commented in one of the posts about Ooi Nuke Plant restart, the Japanese media do pay a bit more attention if they see people who don't look like native Japanese.)

Last Friday, 4,000 people of all walks of life gathered in front of the Prime Minister's Official Residence to protest the then-ongoing press conference by Noda in which he said he would restart Ooi Nuke Plant to "protect the people's living". The organizers are hoping to have 10,000 people or larger this Friday.

I've been asked if I could spread the information to the foreign residents in Japan by writing a post, so here it is.

Information from a @twitnonukes on the demonstrations is as follows, from their website (I added the addresses):

Date: June 15, 2012
Time: from 6PM

  • Prime Minister's Official Residence [東京都千代田区永田町2丁目3−1 2-3-1 Nagata-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, google map]

  • Kansai Electric Power Company headquarters [大阪市北区中之島3丁目6番16号 3-6-16 Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka City, google map]

Please refrain from carrying political signs not related to "anti-nuclear".
Please follow the general guidance from the organizers.

Probably by Friday, PM Noda is expected to make his final decision (foregone conclusion, as we all know). And then he's off to Mexico, I hear, to attend G20 meeting.

You can also view the translation of @twitnonukes webpage at this blog.


JAnonymous said...

Oh yeah, I'm definitely going !

TechDud said...

Do remind them of the possibilities of Voltage Reduction; they don't seem to recall how some Power Authorities, at least in California, gouge the hard-working public!

Anonymous said...

Nuclear mafia is not interested in volt reduction, they're only interest is in restarting an idle plant losing money.

enoughalready45 said...

enoughalready45 from my blog nuclearblues(dotcom)

We must help the Japanese and ourselves in the USA from another disaster. I have posted on my blog a way for people in the USA to take some action to help. Also, I included a list of reasons that the Oi plant should remain in shutdown on my blog site.

How can you help if you are in the USA?

Contact the nearest Japanese Consul General’s Office; there are 16 of them in the USA, email, call or do both.

Find the Japanese Consul General’s Offices in the United States here:

Protesting in front of their offices around the USA would also be a great way to help the Japanese that do not want the nuke plant reopened. Contact your local anti-nuclear group and see if you can get something going. Even a small group of ten people protesting can bring attention to this issue.

Anonymous said...

enoughalready45 - great ideas!

Please understand that this summer is a critical time for the Japanese nuclear industry and for the non-nuclear movement in Japan. Effort you invest this summer is perhaps ten times as valuable as effort that you might invest at other times. We need YOUR HELP NOW!

Any pressure you can bring in the US (or in other countries around the world) is very important. Fukushima is a global issue. Japan's continued exploitation of nuclear power - in a region that has more large earthquakes than anywhere else on earth - is also a global issue. Let them know how the world feels about it!

And of course if any of you can come to Japan, please join us 15-JUN in front of the Prime Minister's residence in Tokyo - 6PM. And if they do restart the reactor, there will be more events all summer.

Come to Japan. Just buy the plane ticket. If you're a committed protester, you will have a place to stay and food to sustain you. You will also have a unique, authentic cultural experience and perhaps make some new life-long friends.

Short on cash: Have a pledge drive: Ask your friends for pledges ($10/day that you protest in Japan). Have a bake sale. Try one of the crowdsourcing microfundraising web sites. And if you write about your experience for your local media when you get back, you might even recoup part of the ticket expense that way. Be creative. Remember that there are a lot of people in your country who would want to come to Japan themselves to protest the Japan government's nuclear war against the Japanese people. They may be eager to help you go in their place.

TechDud said...

I don't see myself going. It is one thing when the Japanese people themselves voice displeasure and seek a redress of grievances, yet entirely another when a foreigner (or foreign corporation) instructs a Sovereign Government on their internal affairs.
As a foreigner, i think that all i could rightfully do to help is volunteer for service doing EFFECTIVE clean-up somewhere.

Best to bring volunteers by ship, not air though.

Anonymous said...

TechDud - when they poisoned the pacific ocean, it became everyone's business.

with 50 more reactors on active fault lines, this is my business and it is your business.

please do what you can. now is the time for all of us to act

TechDud said...

I know the oceans and waterways are poisoned. Not just from 'nukular' stupidity. One only need look at xdrfox's contributed stories to see the death-toll mount. I pray the people of Haida Gwaii can cope.,_British_Columbia_Videos.html

Janick said...

Thank you so much for effectively spreading the information. There were 11,000 people on Friday evening demonstration, it's big !
Please let us know when there is the next one, it's so much easier for us foreigners in Tokyo to get the info in English!

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