Japanese Grassroots: Entrenched in Complacency?
From: John Matthews
The disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant unleashed a small but vocal opposition to Japan's continued reliance on nuclear power. The first major demonstration was on April 10th in Koenji, an area of Tokyo known for its trendy youth culture. Protestors numbered around twenty thousand as they marched through the streets in what at times looked like a giant block party, with musicians playing the message of peace, love, and most importantly, a world without the dangers of nuclear energy.
Takeshi Shirahama, better known as the reggae-man Rankin Taxi, performed at the April 10 demonstration and has appeared in a number of events since, including on June 11th, where tens of thousands of protesters stormed places like Shinjuku, Shibuya, Tokyo Tower, and the Tokyo Electric headquarters simultaneously. Rankin Taxi released a single and music video together with Dub Ainu Ba...
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