Thousands stage anti-nuclear protests in Japan

Rallies marked three months since a massive quake and tsunami sparked Japan’s worse nuclear incident in 25 years
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Protesters held mass demonstrations against nuclear power across Japan on the three-month anniversary of a powerful earthquake and tsunami that killed more than 23,000 people and triggered one of the world’s worst nuclear disasters
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Streets in parts of Tokyo were completely jammed with thousands of chanting protesters, paralyzing sections of the city
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Radiation continues to leak from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, some 220 kilometres northeast of the capital
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Buddhist monks march on the street as they chant prayers to the Buddha during an anti nuclear demonstration in Tokyo
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People march in front of the headquarters of Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) to register their opposal to nuclear power.
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Some marchers called for the country’s nuclear plants to be shut down immediately and for stricter radiation tests by the government
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Japanese government reports released earlier in the week said the damage and leakage at the Fukushima plant were worse than previously thought, with some of the nuclear fuel in three reactors likely having melted through the main cores and inner containment vessels
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The radiation that leaked into the air after the disaster amounted to about one-sixth of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986 — double previous estimates - government data showed
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Japan relied on nuclear energy for 30 percent of its electricity before the disasters and planned to raise that to 50 percent by 2030
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Policemen try to control people marching in front of the headquarters of Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO). The disasters have renewed a national debate on nuclear power in Japan