Demonstrators have staged a rally in Tokyo to call for the closure of all nuclear power plants in Japan.
The protest was organized by 8 anti-nuclear groups following a series of problems at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant after the massive quake and tsunami hit northeastern Japan on March 11th.
The organizers say about 2,000 people took part in Sunday's demonstration.
A representative told the participants they should urge the government to make a policy shift to use alternative energy resources and shut down all the nuclear power plants in Japan.
The protesters marched more than 4 kilometers, holding up banners.
Outside the industry ministry and the headquarters of Tokyo Electric Power Company, the demonstrators called on the government and the firm to take more responsibility for what happened at the Fukushima plant.
They also demanded that Chubu Electric Power Company shut down its Hamaoka nuclear plant in a coastal area of Shizuoka Prefecture, saying it could easily be damaged by tsunami.
A 51-year-old man said he joined an anti-nuclear demonstration for the first time because he wanted to do something to prevent a recurrence of the ongoing nuclear crisis. He said the government should create a new energy policy that does not rely on nuclear power.
A 37-year-old woman who took part in the event with her daughter said nuclear power plants should be closed to protect children from radiation.
Sunday, April 10, 2011 18:35 +0900 (JST)