Demanding stabilization of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant and compensation for the disaster at the earliest possible date, about 2,800 farmers and fishermen from Fukushima Prefecture gathered for a protest rally in Tokyo’s Hibiya Park Friday.
Following the rally, the participants, some carrying protest banners, marched to the nearby head office of plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co.
The protest rally and demonstration were organized by JA (Japan Agricultural Cooperatives) Fukushima and related bodies to appeal for speedy payments of compensation to food producers whom the disaster has left in dire financial straits.
One of the demonstrators, Ryoichi Sato, 57, whose 30 hectares of paddies and 15 hectares of other fields, located in the no-entry zone within a 20-kilometer radius of the crippled plant, were lost in the March 11 tsunami, said, “As my fields remain underwater, even radioactivity monitoring cannot be carried out there, and I’m afraid the farmland may be left unusable for years.”