Tokyo Protests Nuclear Power

Pretty impressive anti-nuclear protest in Tokyo today with about 60 thousand people participating from all around the country. In a city where mass demonstrations of anything are rare, this one was pretty heartening to see. It was much better organized and positive than the antiwar protests I used to experience while living in San Francisco. Lots of young people, of course, but what surprised me was the number of old people. Stunning. But I suppose that makes sense. They remember. They know. Polls suggest the majority of Japanese oppose nuclear power, but that’s utterly meaningless unless they hit the streets and cause some trouble because the politicians have absolutely no intention of changing their pro-nuclear policies. When the numbers in the streets reach into the millions — which should be possible in a city the size of Tokyo — perhaps some change will be possible. Keep going. I’m looking forward to the next protest. And the one after that.

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