Protesters hold signs against nuclear power on the streets of Tokyo. The population's concerns over nuclear power in Japan have increased after the radioactive spill in Fukushima.<br /> Photo by KAZUMAC, copyright (c) Demotix (October 13, 2013)

Protesters hold signs against nuclear power on the streets of Tokyo. The population's concerns over nuclear power in Japan have increased after the radioactive spill in Fukushima.
Photo by KAZUMAC, copyright (c) Demotix (October 13, 2013)

On October 13, 2013, thousands of people marched down the streets of Tokyo to protest against nuclear power. In a rally dubbed Goodbye Genpatsu [ja], Japanese people demanded the end of nuclear power plants and the use of more environmentally friendly sources of energy.

Kenzaburo Oe, winner of the 1994 Nobel Prize in Literature, spoke [ja] in front of a 2000-strong crowd gathered in Hibiya Public Hall.

3.11で多くの日本人は原発をなくすことを決意した。しかし、今、多くの政治家にはその決意がない。私たちは、子ども達が明日の世界を生きていけない場所を原子力によって作り出してしまった。その責任を自覚し、人間が本質的に生きていける世界を取り戻す必要がある

After the earthquake on March 11, 2011, Japanese people have strived to diminish nuclear power plants. However, no politicians have the determination today. Through nuclear power, we have made a very uncomfortable place for our children to live in the future. We have to admit responsibility for that and go back to a world where humans can live essentially [naturally].