Friday, June 29, 2012

Hydrangea Revolution: 100,000-200,000 Japanese citizens rally for a Nuclear-Free Japan

(Photo: Chie Matsumoto on FB)

Via Chie Matsumoto, a reporter with LaborNet Japan:
We did it!! Revolution Hydrangea in Japan, where people say there never is a revolution. We figured nearly 100,000 were there.

The Diet/PM's office area is the most restricted area for demonstrations, but we flooded onto the streets and started walking toward PM's office in hopes of getting our voices heard.

Very peaceful demo. Respect to all who are determined to raise their voices until their fight is won and keep all power plants shut.
Via Temple Valley Times, estimates of rally participants:
Asahi Shimbun: 150-180,000
NHK TV: more than last time [next day's report estimated 100,000]
Police: about 17,000
Rally Organizer: 150,000
Sankei Shinbun: less than 20,000
TBS TV: 200,000
TV Asahi: 40-50,000
Kimberly Hughes notes that Bloomberg has reported more than 100 million Japanese citizens are against the nuclear power.


Johntaro said...

This morning's Tokyo Shimbun stated the crowd numbered at least 100,000. They say "a picture is worth a thousand words." If you look at one of the many aerial photos of last night's protest, it speaks hundreds of thousands of words. I think the PM heard them loud and clear, hopefully he will heed them.

TenThousandThings said...

Aerial photos were all over FB yesterday. Reminiscent of the massive 100,000+demonstrations that went on for days in Tokyo in 1960 protesting AMPO. Over a million Japanese citizens protested in the late 1950's through 1960.