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article image10's of thousands march in anti-nuclear protest in Tokyo, Japan

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By Anne Sewell     Jul 29, 2012 in World
Tokyo - Tokyo saw yet another huge protest on Sunday, as thousands rallied in the streets against the nuclear restart in the country.
Digital Journal reported on the huge protest earlier this month, which saw 170,000 people take to the streets.
Reactors 3 and 4 at the Oi Nuclear Power Plant have recently been restarted, despite Japan's earlier decision to go nuclear-free.
Protesters have grown increasingly frustrated with Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s order to restart the two reactors.
Organizers say that tens of thousands of people were protesting outside Japan's parliament, although police estimate that there were only 17,000.
Once again, protesters are demanding that the government not restart the nuclear power plants, which were shut down after last year's nuclear disaster in Fukushima.
Protesters chanted anti-nuclear slogans and beat on yellow oil drums, some wore gas masks, and they all voiced their anger at the restarts of the two reactors.
One of the protest leaders stated, “We won’t allow any more reactors to restart. We want to hammer this demand home to the government.”
Miho Igarashi, 46, is an architect from Ibaraki prefecture, south of Fukushima. She told AFP, "After the Fukushima disaster, I thought that the government and vested interests were telling us lies about nuclear power being safe.".
"We have to raise our voices against the danger of atomic power," she added.
Karin Amamiya, a writer and social analyst, told reporters, "It is not only about nuclear reactors. This demonstration mirrors people’s outrage towards the core problems in Japanese society, that includes its politics and how public opinion has been neglected. People are angry and fed up that the plants have restarted.”
Twitter and other social media networks are abuzz with details of the planned protest. The protesters say that the main aim is to attract the attention of ordinary people to the problem.
Before the Fukushima disaster, Japan received a third of its electricity from nuclear power. After Fukushima, all the working nuclear reactors were suspended for safety inspections and all went off-line in May for "routine checks".
The Japanese government insists that Japan's economy cannot function without nuclear power and says that people's living could not be maintained without it.
On July 22, Digital Journal reported that workers had been forced to fake radiation readings at Fukushima, which only raises further concern.
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