Anti-Nuclear Rally in Japan on Chernobyl Anniversary

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About 100 protesters held a candlelight rally in front of Tokyo Electric Power Company on the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster. They are calling for an abolition of nuclear power plants in Japan. Here's more.

About 100 protesters held candles on the doorstep of Tokyo Electric Power Company's headquarters on Tuesday as part of the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster.

The anniversary was especially significant for Japan this year, as a devastating earthquake and tsunami struck the country last month, smashing TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

One protester expressed concern over the safety of other nuclear power plants in the country.

[Ryouta Souno, Protester]:
"First of all, the most dangerous nuclear plants in Japan are Hamaoka Nuclear Power Plant in Shizuoka prefecture, and Kashiwazaki Nuclear Power Plant in Niigata prefecture. If there is an earthquake, both of them will cause a serious accident like that of Fukushima. This can happen anytime, and it is absolutely crazy not to stop it."

Others say the government has not been truthful about health hazards, especially the effects on children.

[Nanoha Otake, Nursery School Teacher]:
"The government has promoted nuclear power plants, and that led to an accident, and the children of Fukushima prefecture are suffering as a result, and I absolutely cannot trust the government."

Protesters pleaded for the immediate shutdown of all of TEPCO's nuclear plants.

TEPCO wants a "cold shutdown" of the Fukushima plant within six to nine months; a timeline experts say will be tough to meet.

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