A coalition of groups – calling for a closure of California nuclear power plants – will target the Japanese Embassy in downtown Los Angeles Friday (June 22) to protest the re-opening of the nuclear power reactors in Japan after the March, 2011 quake and tsunami forced shut down of all nuclear facilities in Japan.
Protesters will gather at the Japanese Embassy (350 South Grand) at 3 p.m. FRIDAY, June 22 with signs to deliver a letter to the Prime Minister’s representative followed by a Die-In in front of the embassy.
Coalition Against Nukes, LA is sponsoring a protest in support of the Japanese people at the Japanese Embassy in downtown L.A. to help bring volume to their call for “Shut Down, not Melt Down!” Similar protests are happening in other cities.
On May 5, 2012 , Japan shut down all 52 nuclear reactors following the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex, the worst meltdown in history.
June 8, 2012, Japanese Prime Minister Noda announced his decision to order the restart of two nuclear reactors in the town of Ohi, in the prefecture of Fukushima in Western Japan. Prime Minister Noda also claimed that nuclear energy will remain an important source of energy for Japan in the future, thereby reconfirming Japan’s nuclear energy policy.
The Japanese people say this: “Despite all our efforts, despite the strong resistance in the region of Western Japan surrounding Ohi, and despite the fact that a majority of the Japanese people is against nuclear power, the Japanese government is bowing to pressures of the nuclear lobby in Japan.
“We have tried hard on our own, but now we believe that coordinated international pressure on Japan’s government is essential to bring about real and substantial change.
“We believe that the Japanese government and the Japanese public will react very sensitively to international pressure so we wish to ask you for your support to initiate and coordinate international protest against the Japanese government.”
This Solidarity Action was called for by Hideyuki BAN, Citizens’ Nuclear Information Center (CNIC), Kanna MITSUTA, FoE Japan, Aileen Mioko SMITH, Green Action Daisuke SATO, No Nukes Asia Forum, Akira KAWASAKI, Peace Boat, Kaori IZUMI, Shut Tomari. There will be coordinated actions in solidarity by No Nukes NW of Portland, Oregon, in San Francisco by No Nukes Action Committee and in NYC.