300 people take part in street demonstration in Hiroshima to oppose nuclear energy 

by Kanako Noda, Staff Writer

The “Goodbye Nuclear Power Plants Hiroshima Society,” an organization founded by university professors, lawyers, and peace activists based in Hiroshima Prefecture, held a march on July 16 to protest the use of nuclear energy. The participants marched along the Hondori shopping street in downtown Hiroshima in a demonstration that was organized to coincide with a rally in Tokyo held on the same day.

About 300 people responded to a call for participants put out by the group. They held banners with messages expressing opposition to the restart of Japan’s nuclear reactors and chanted “No nuclear power plants!” as they marched.

Prior to the march, the participants listened to speeches and reports by citizens at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Kumiko Okamoto, 38, is a housewife and evacuee from Fukushima Prefecture now living with her family in Nishi Ward, Hiroshima. She said, “Even after the accident at the nuclear power plant was declared to be under control, our days have been uneasy. I want to understand the feelings of the A-bomb survivors and the people of Fukushima and forge bonds between them.”

(Originally published on July 17, 2012)