JAPAN | Japanese stage antinuclear protest in New York

Posted on June 12, 2011


JAPAN | MAINICHI | June 12, 2011

NEW YORK (Kyodo) — An antinuclear protest organized by Japanese people took place in New York on Saturday, three months after a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and ensuing tsunami triggered a nuclear crisis at an atomic power plant in Fukushima Prefecture, northwestern Japan.

About 60 people, around half of them Japanese, participated in the gathering, holding up large folded paper cranes and banners, while calling for the closure of nuclear power reactors in Japan and the United States.

New Yorkers who took part said they want to express their solidarity with the people of Japan and Fukushima.

Yuko Tonohira, a 31-year-old from Hokkaido and one of the organizers of the event, said, “There are also dangerous nuclear power plants near New York. I want to tell the local people about such fears and ask them to work together to eliminate nuclear plants.”

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