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Constitutional Amendment Protests Break Out In Tokyo After Man Sets Himself On Fire

Constitutional Amendment Protests Break Out In Tokyo After Man Sets Himself On Fire

Huge protests broke out in Tokyo today after a man set himself on fire in protest of the current effort by the Abe Administration to remove from Japan’s constitution the renunciation of war. Article 9 of Japan’s post war constitution bars the country from waging war on another country. Even with considerable opposition from the public, the Abe administration has pushed for the constitutional change. The man’s condition isn’t currently known after the incident on … Read entire article »

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Taiwan Protests Grow To 50,000, Govt. Halts Nuclear Plant Construction

Taiwan Protests Grow To 50,000, Govt. Halts Nuclear Plant Construction

Protests in Taiwan grew and continued on over the weekend. They have had some impact as the government at least for now has caved to protesters demands. The protesters want a referendum on nuclear power and a stop to construction of the fourth nuclear power plant on the edge of Taipei. A member of the opposition political party has been on a hunger strike over the issue. The combination of over 5 days of wide … Read entire article »

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No Nukes Protests In Second Day In Taiwan

No Nukes Protests In Second Day In Taiwan

No nukes protests in Taiwan started yesterday on Earth Day with some public gatherings in Taipei. By evening protesters had gathered in front of the legislature building in Taipei. Police put up a series of barricades. Protesters began cutting the metal barricades apart with portable power tools. Protesters dumped something on the door step of the KMT political party headquarters during the same evening. The running theme has been that you can’t burn … Read entire article »

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Worldwide Anti Nuclear Protests On Eve Of Fukushima 3rd Anniversary

Worldwide Anti Nuclear Protests On Eve Of Fukushima 3rd Anniversary

About 10,000 showed up for a series of protests and concerts in Tokyo.  photos from the Tokyo protest. 300 showed up in Kanazawa to protest A no nukes festival happened the same day in Kofu, Yamanashi 1300 protested in Aomori prefecture Protests in London and around the UK took place this weekend with more protests and memorial events planned for the coming week. In Berlin about 1000 people marched from the Brandenburg gate to the Japanese embassy. In Kehl and Strasbourg on … Read entire article »

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83 Year Old Nun Who Broke Into Nuclear Facility Faces 20 Year Sentence

The 83 year old nun that broke into Oak Ridge nuclear facility faces a 20 year sentence after being found guilty. If given the full sentence she would essentially serve the rest of her life in prison. The group who snuck into the facility and vandalized a building are waiting for the final sentencing phase of their trial. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to reproduce any of our content in full or … Read entire article »

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MOX Protests In Germany

  Last week a shipment of MOX assemblies from the now closed down Sellafield nuclear fuel plant arrived in Nordenham Germany on the ship Atlantic Osprey. Owners of the remaining nuclear plants in Germany have been running MOX fuel in certain reactors against considerable public protest. These protests similar to the Castor protests we have reported on before play a role in the country’s energy future. For things to change, the public must be involved. The MOX fuel eventually made it to the Grohnde nuclear plant but not without a long, delayed and expensive trip.   This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that … Read entire article »

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Nuclear Protester Shot By Police In India

A peaceful nuclear protester in India was shot by police when they began to try to force the crowd at the Koodankulam nuclear plant to leave. About 20,000 villagers gathered to occupy the outside of the nuclear plant on Sunday. There have been ongoing protests for a long time as people fight against this nuclear plant. India’s nuclear plants have not been known for their safety. This new plant has been forced upon the people in the region, there has been a considerable fight as the plant has been built. Kyodo reports 1000 protesters, an on the ground reporter cites more than 20,000. The fight over the nuclear plant has worked it’s way to the Indian Supreme Court. Instead of putting the plant start up on hold until the courts are done … Read entire article »

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90% In Japan Want Zero Nuclear Power

Initial counts of the public responses on Japan’s future nuclear power use report 90% want an end to nuclear power. 81% want zero nuclear plants immediately. Another 8.6% want a phase out. Only 4% want nuclear power use to continue in some manner. The information has only been in Japanese language media so far, EX-SKF has a full translation of the Mainichi article. PM Noda announced yesterday there will be a national election in November. How the election, the public push against nuclear power and the government’s actions on the issue play out could prove interesting. Some are likening this to be the most important election since the 1960′s. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. … Read entire article »

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Nuclear Protest Coordinators Tactical Failure, National Resistance Continues

The organizers of the Friday night protests in Tokyo had their meeting with Prime Minister Noda Wednesday. At the meeting Noda repeated his claim that restarting the reactors was necessary to “save lives”. Noda made no concessions to the organizers and the organizers made none to Noda. The protest organizers stated that the protests were growing and that they are determined to continue the protests. The group urged Noda to shut down the reactors at Oi and abolish all nuclear power in Japan. The group also asked for the people nominated to the new nuclear regulatory agency to be withdrawn citing a lack of transparency. Noda continued to repeat his already tired statements about reactor safety and the supposed need for reactors to be operating right now. Neither said gave in, both sides … Read entire article »

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Sunday Protest 200,000 Surround Diet Building

Protests started at 3pm JST and went on into the night with marches to TEPCO, METI and a candlelight protest back at the Diet. Two were arrested for obstructing the police and there were periodic scuffles with police. Organizers estimate about 200,000 attended. People who showed up were spread around the diet building crowded on sidewalks making it hard to obtain a visual of everyone. News media did sent out a helicopter, a few aerial shots can be seen in various videos. Protests as many previous ones included a broad cross section of people participating in the protests. PM Noda is still hinting that he wants 15% nuclear power in Japan, something that would require restarting most of the reactors and would be highly unpopular with the public. Most media outlets in Japan … Read entire article »

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Hydrangea Revolution Blooms, Will It Change Japan?

With the rallies, protests and actions growing every week in Japan what will be the tipping point for real change? What will it take to make the government change its ways? If Noda goes who is his replacement? Protests Friday were met with metal barricade fences causing people to find inventive ways like by bike, taxi or car to go past the prime minister’s residence to express their anger. Protest crowds spilled all over the nearby district. Protests are growing elsewhere in Japan. Most cities of decent size have seen protests either in front of government buildings or in front of the power companies themselves. These protests are growing quickly also, with one in Osaka gathering a few hundred people the first week and having a few thousand this last week. There has … Read entire article »

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Protests Grow In Japan, Declare Nuclear Era Is Over

Update: Organizers cite about 150,000 attended with many blocked by various police actions including using cars to block the road, shutting off the street lights in front of the PM’s residence and not allowing people out of the subway stations. People finding themselves blocked just started protesting wherever they were stuck. Fukushima Diary has some of the protesters tweets. The Friday night protest in Japan was slightly hindered by rain, early numbers still looked quite large. The police had a very different response to this week’s Tokyo protest. Police at the official residence were notably more aggressive with protesters than in previous weeks. Police also blocked the exits to subway stations near the protest area, raising questions about the safety of doing so. No official numbers for the Tokyo protest are out … Read entire article »

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No Nukes Protest In Tokyo Exceeds 100,000 – Still Going On

It is currently around 8pm in Tokyo and the protest is still going on. The organizers are estimating over 100,000 attending per Fukushima Diary. People have been asked to disperse and there are twitter reports the police have either left or given up on crowd control. IWJ has taken helicopter video to document the size of the protest that should be online soon. Last week’s protest was drastically under reported in size by the media. The fly over hopes to accurately document the size of the protest. This one appears far larger than the 45,000 last week. Soon after the disaster many were afraid to speak about their fears from the disaster at Fukushima or their growing opposition to nuclear power. A little more than a year later the streets of … Read entire article »

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40,000 Protest In Front Of Prime Minister’s Residence To End Nuclear Power

40,000 people rallied in front of the prime minister’s residence Friday evening in Tokyo. The protest is a continuation of protests on previous Fridays to stop the restart of nuclear reactors in Japan. Public pressure has been growing in Japan. The Noda government has completely ignored the large public opposition to continuing Japan’s reliance on nuclear power. The government is pushing to restart even more reactors even though the actual need to run them as been questioned.  This week the government also passed yet another oppressive internet law and a  change to the country’s nuclear laws. The Nuclear Energy Basic Law had a clause added this week that says stable securing of nuclear power use contributed to national security. Many are calling this an opening to nuclear armament, Japan’s government denies … Read entire article »

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Women, Unexpected Leaders Of The Push Against Japan Government & Nuclear Village

Women, initially out of fear for the safety of children took up the cause against nuclear power and the horrible handling of the Fukushima Daiichi disaster. This has grown as the public’s frustration with the government response grew. These same women are now leading the push for major societal and government change. A group of women had camped out in front of METI’s headquarters in Tokyo and they are now back again vowing to stay for 10 months and 10 days, traditionally considered in Japan the full term that covers a pregnancy. These activists have not just been marching, they have been meeting with government officials making their demands such as a transparent investigation heard. Some of the statements by these groups are clear they have no intention of giving up or … Read entire article »

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Last Leg Of Castor Protests, Vans Cemented To Road, Protesters Trampled By Horses

The Castor protests have hit the road. The last leg of the Castor transport requires casks be transferred from rail cars to trucks. Greenpeace activists cemented this van to the pavement. Horses were used to trample protesters in an attempt to get them to leave. Thousands sat on the road making the road impassable. Police have used a variety of tactics including water cannons to try to remove protesters. More photos here The live Castor Ticker can be found here   Indymedia has been running an English update of the Castor Ticker here.   This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing … Read entire article »

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Japan Protests From Hamaoka To Germany

Protesters (about 4000) joined hands to form a human chain around the highly controversial Hamaoka nuclear plant in Japan today. The protesters are demanding the permanent shut down of Hamaoka, the plant sits on a dangerous fault line. The plant’s reactors are currently on temporary shutdown by order of the government. Meanwhile in Germany the Castor nuclear transports are being heavily protested with people of all kinds joining in to delay the shipment. Japanese protesters joined in and spoke at a rally in the German city of Dannenberg. Kanako Nishikata and her two children along with an organic farmer all from Fukushima, spoke at the rally. A contingent of German and Japanese media reporters followed the group. Nishikata was impressed by the organization of the rallies and hoped Japan could have that … Read entire article »

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The Ongoing Nuclear Skirmishes In Germany

Large numbers of people in Germany continue to do everything possible to block the Castor nuclear waste shipments. The people bring tractors, ingenuity and improvised tools to slow down the train and to protect themselves from police tear gas and other tactics. Gas masks, goggles, home made riot shields and protective suits are common gear. One group set fire under a rail section causing it to become completely unusable. The Castor casks will have to be transferred and travel the last 30km by truck down the one available road. Below are more images and videos of the Castor protests. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective … Read entire article »

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10,000 Protest Against Nuclear Power In Fukuoka, With Video

There was a massive 10,000 people protest in Fukuoka today. William at Aluminum Studios hopped a train and caught the massive protest on video. The protest was at the main prefecture town of Tenjin. Check back at William’s YouTube channel for more details on the protest as he gets things processed. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to reproduce any of our content in full or in more than a phrase or quote, … Read entire article »

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Women Protest In Tokyo, Bianca Jagger Urges Japanese Ambassador To Act

Women staged a 3 day sit in in Tokyo calling for the evacuation of all children in areas of high radiation and to shut down all nuclear power plants. Food in Japan is still unreliable and unsafe, children go to school in highly contaminated schools, hot spots are showing up all over Japan. Bianca Jagger’s human rights foundation made a formal plea to the Japanese Ambassador in London to cease the government policies that are continuing to put children at risk. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org … Read entire article »

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Hundreds Protest In Tokyo As Part Of Worldwide Protests

Hundreds marched in Toyko today in two separate marches to protest economic inequality and nuclear power. This protest was a coordinated part of the Occupy Wall Street movement that is going on a month straight in NYC. Today people around the world protested the big banks, economic inequality and growing frustrations with governments that put corporate wants before the needs of the people. If you have photos or attended any of the protests in Japan we would love to share your story or photos. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website … Read entire article »

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10,000 Lay Siege To Indian Nuclear Plant

10,000 protesters have blocked all entrances to Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant near Tirunelveli in India. There has been a long running fight between the government and the people over the plant that the locals do not want.. The protesters said the siege will continue until the government agrees to shut down the plant. Read more here http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_10000-protesters-lay-siege-to-tamil-nadu-nuclear-plant-site_1598354 This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to reproduce any of our content in full or in more than … Read entire article »

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Growing Divide Between Government & People In Japan Over Nuclear Power

The Fukushima disaster caused an even more intense spotlight on the problems in the Japanese political system. The public has come out clearly against nuclear power in polls, huge protests and other forms of resistance. The current government had hinted at restarting reactors and much of the old status quo. There was a 70% agreement with Nato Kan’s stance to become nuclear free. The new administration has ignored this. A very telling sign of the public unhappiness is the number of people looking for a way to stop using TEPCO as their power utility. Since TEPCO has a monopoly on the region it has been hard for people to switch from using the private for profit company. People cut their power consumption by 18 percent over the summer and small power … Read entire article »

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Occupy Events In Japan Take On Nuclear Injustice

As Occupy events are popping up all over the world to happen October 15th, Occupy Tokyo will be holding a rally on the 15th. The Tokyo rally will be to address the injustice and divide between the people and nuclear power. There will be an additional rally in Tokyo in Roppongi to address poverty and economic disparity. Rallies were also announced tonight via twitter for Kyoto and Osaka. Find out more about these rallies via Twitter at these users and hashtags @Occupy_Tokyo  hashtag #OccupyTokyo @OccupyTokyo @OccupyOsaka hashtag #Occupyosaka @Occupykyoto  hashtag #Occupykyoto This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page … Read entire article »

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400 People Blockade Nuclear Power Plant In UK

400 people blockaded the Hinkley Point Nuclear Plant in Somerset. One of the activists made this statement “The government is trying to bamboozle people into thinking nuclear power is essential to keep the lights on. ”At the moment there isn’t a debate, the government’s told everybody you’ve got to have it whether you like it or not and we’re countering that, saying, actually nuclear’s the last thing we need.” EDF, wants to build a new reactor at the site. The company has come under intense criticism for technical design problems and two problem plagued reactor projects one in France, the other in Finland for their EPR reactor design.   This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted … Read entire article »

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Police Rough Up Anti-Nuclear Protesters On Sixth Month Anniversary Of Fukushima Disaster

A protest against nuclear power in Shiunjuku turned bloody as police roughed up protesters. Photo gallery in the link. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to reproduce any of our content in full or in more than a phrase or quote, please contact us first to obtain permission. … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Leaders And Residents Protest In Tokyo

A contingent of Fukushima local government officials, business leaders and residents staged a protest in Tokyo to demand full compensation. The group went to government offices and met with TEPCO to lodge their demands including full compensation for those who voluntarily evacuated. Fukushima Vice Gov. Yusaku Matsumoto made this statement to the media. “We want them to restore Fukushima Prefecture to its original state.” This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to reproduce any of our … Read entire article »

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Anti-Nuclear Protests in New York City

A group of 300 anti-nuclear protesters in New York City carried a banner expressing their solidarity with Japan. On the five month anniversary of the quake and tsunami they offered a silent prayer. Another group staged a bicycle ride, street protests and a boat protest. The group reminded people of the extreme risk the ancient Indian Point nuclear power plant poses to the city. There is considerable resistance to Indian Point having the license renewed. The governor of New York wants it shut down. Yet the people are fighting an uphill battle against Entergy and the NRC. The sign pictured below gets right to the point This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted … Read entire article »

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Nuclear Protests in Japan Mark Three Months of Disaster

It has now been three months since the Great Eastern Japan Quake and tsunami brought the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant to its knees. How should we grade the response? In Japan, the occasion was marked by protests, suddenly less rare among the Japanese people. Russia Today is one of the few news outlets in the world that never dropped this story. They’ve been talking to Dr. Robert Jacobs, Professor of nuclear history at Hiroshima Peace Institute, and return to him here for another update. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any … Read entire article »

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