Thousands of Japanese citizens staged a massive rally outside parliament in Tokyo to protest the Japanese governments intentions to continue with nuclear energy production.
The protests are triggered by last years radiation disaster at Fukushima. The protest is the latest in a string of anti-nuclear sentiment which is sweeping the nation.
News of the protests are sent out on twitter and are continuing on a weekly basis.
Organizers put the number of protesters at 200,000, but police told local media that there were between 10,000 and 20,000 people.
With many clad in gas masks and white protective suits similar to those used in decontamination work at the crippled Fukushima plant, the demonstrators earlier took part in a noisy march through the capital to the parliament.
Misao Redwolf, an illustrator and one of the organisers, told protesters gathered in Hibiya Park, “We won’t allow any more reactors to restart. We want to slam this demand to the government”.
Unlike many conventional protests in Japan organised by labour unions and political groups, a large number of independent citizens, including children, have joined the demonstration, with many never having taken to the streets before.
Organisers used Twitter to spread details of the planned protest and aimed their message at ordinary people by banning participants from carrying banners with the names of unions and political groups and creating special areas for families with children.