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Japanese people are against nuclear plants

27 march 2011, 17:54
Hundreds of people joined anti-nuclear protests in Japan on Sunday following the country's worst ever atomic accident at the tsunami-stricken Fukushima plant, AFP reports.

In the capital, about 300 people -- some wearing gas masks -- marched past the headquarters of Tokyo Electric Power, operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi power station, chanting: "We don't need nuclear plants!".

A similar number of demonstrators turned out in the central Japanese city of Nagoya, gathering outside the offices of regional energy company Chubu Electric Power shouting "We don't want another Fukushima."

"I want to be able to choose my way of life and not leave danger for future generations," said 63-year-old Nagoya resident Shigeko Furumichi.

Environmentalists have long warned of the risked posed by Chubu Electric Power's Hamaoka plant, located 120 kilometres (75 miles) from Nagoya on the Pacific coast of Shizuoka prefecture.

The facility sits atop a subduction zone near the junction of two plates in an area feared to be overdue a major quake.

Japan, which endures 20 percent of all major earthquakes, generates about 30 percent of its power from nuclear plants.

The Fukushima Daiichi plant 250 kilometers (155 miles) north of Tokyo was battered by the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and monster tsunami which smashed into Japan's northeast coast on March 11, knocking out its cooling systems.

The ageing facility has been hit by a series of explosions and leaking radiation, which has contaminated local food and tap water.

"Japan has always lied in promoting the benefits of nuclear plants," said protester Atsuchi Fujuki.

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