Tuesday, May 8, 2012

No Kidding Around


It's May again and the Peeing Boy at Japan Railway's Hamamatsucho Station in central Tokyo is decked out in his Children's Day  regalia and bearing traditional carp streamers. This year Children's Day, May fifth, coincided with the shutdown of Japan's last operating nuclear power plant. In the wake of the triple meltdown at the TEPCO Fukushima Daichi atomic plant, all of the country's nuclear power stations have been taken off line for maintenance and to ensure safety measures are adequate in light of the multiple disasters of March 11, 2011. 
Many however are hoping the plants will be shuttered forever. 


They also make a great
Father's Day gift
Associated Press writer, Yuri Kageyama, reported that, "Thousands of Japanese marched to celebrate the last of this nation’s 50 nuclear reactors switching off Saturday, shaking carp banners that have become an anti-nuclear symbol" (you can get a clearer picture of what she means from the article's accompanying photo as seen on the Japan Today website). Kageyama noted "the activists said it is fitting that the day Japan stopped nuclear power coincides with Children's Day because of their concerns about protecting children from radiation, which Fukushima Dai-ichi is still spewing into the air and water."


A recent poll by a major Japanese daily, the Tokyo Shimbun, indicated that well over half of the population of Japan is in favor of gradually phasing out the country's 50 nuclear power stations, with some more vehemently opposed to atomic power than others. The New York Times in its coverage of the nuclear shutdown quoted, Tadao Sakuma, an 81 year old hunger striker opposed to restarting the plants who stated, “I want all reactors to be scrapped, and I’m going to live 10 — no, 20 — years to see that through.” 


Related stories: Koi Boy is Coming!
                 Last Reactor of 50 is Shut Down (NYT)

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