Anti-nuke protesters surround Japanese parliament
TOKYO - The Associated Press
Anti-nuclear protesters, wearing gas-masks, beat metal drums as they march near the Japan's parliament complex in Tokyo, Sunday, July 29, 2012. AP photo
Thousands of people are rallying around Japan’s parliament complex to demand the government abandon nuclear power after last year’s Fukushima crisis.
Also Sunday is a closely watched regional election. Voters are choosing a governor in southwestern Yamaguchi Prefecture, where an outspoken anti-nuclear candidate is running.
Sunday’s rally is the latest in a series of peaceful demonstrations in Japan, including weekly Friday evening protests outside the prime minister’s residence.
The crowds have not dwindled, and public discontent has grown to levels unseen in decades.
Protesters say they are angry that the government restarted two reactors earlier this month, despite safety worries after the multiple meltdowns at Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant.
All 50 working reactors in Japan went offline in May due to routine checks.