Saturday, June 11, 2011

Japanese nuclear plant protest

Thousands of opponents of nuclear plants in Japan marched on Saturday as he had three months since the earthquake and tsunami that triggered the worst nuclear accident in 25 years, pressuring the government to reduce the country's dependence on this energy. Three reactors were merged after a powerful earthquake hit the Fukushima Daiichi plant in northeastern Japan, forcing 80,000 people to be evacuated when engineers warned of radiation leakage, explosions of hydrogen and overheating of nuclear fuel rods.

Employees of large businesses, students and parents with their children on their shoulders marched in numerous protests over Japan to express his anger at the way the government has handled the nuclear crisis. The protesters waved banners reading "No to nuclear energy" and "No more Fukushima." "If they do not understand the message now, what else must happen before to stop using nuclear energy has proven to be dangerous?" Said Yu Matsuda, 28, an employee at a kindergarten.

She took her children to the march of two and four years together to protest outside the offices of the operator of the plant in Fukushima, Tokyo Electric Power Corporation (TEPCO). "I want my children to play safely outside and swim in our sea without concerns," Matsuda said, after listening to speeches by civil rights activists and survivors of the tsunami-devastated areas.

Protests may increase public pressure that caused the closure of the Hamaoka nuclear plant in May and delays in the resumption of reactor after maintenance pending implementation of stricter security measures. Currently, Japan is operating only 19 of its 54 reactors assets before the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, raising the risk of a major energy shortage by 2012.

Many experts say that Japan's economic risks are too high to suspend the work of all its nuclear reactors. Analysts say the industry will face more rationing and higher energy import costs for the third largest economy, given that Japan lacks the power generation capacity to replace its nuclear plants.

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