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.
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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.”
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