Mr.Hatoyama, the former Prime Minister of Japan who was shouting at the PM's Office where he used to work= July 20 in the evening : Photo by Miyako Suwa
At exactly 6pm in front of the PM's Office Mr.Yukio Hatoyama arrived as if he was received by the chant slogans which had started by the sign of the promoter (Metropolitan Coalition Against Nukes). The field was confused with the media who don't talk about Nuclear at ordinary times. The Former Minister made a speech while he was modded by people around him. "I was working at the PM's Office before but working inside PM's Office makes you become someone who doesn't listen to the people's voice. Although it is the very moment that they have to listen to it, the voice can't reach them". On July 20 a former Prime Minister of Japan participated to the meeting held every friday. How will it be written in the morning edition of each paper? The act by which the Former Prime Minister protests against the Prime Minister of today also presents self-denying as they are both in the same Democratic Party. Mr.Hatoyama who is a mugwump finally took the decision. He must have become so mad about Noda's regime.
The sidewalk was filled with people as usual. An employee, in his sixties, who lives in Shibuya District was holding up a placard saying: "Shunichi Tanaka, definitely wrong!". Mr. Shunichi Tanaka is the man who was designated by the government as the chairman of NRC(Nuclear Regulatory Commission). He's also known for, just after the Fukushima Nuclear Plant Accident, having visited Iitate Village as an "adviser for the decontamination in Fukushima Prefecture" and whispered to the citizens as an evil: "If you break one valley, you can make it into a storage facility". "It's out of question to make a scholar patronized by the government to be the chairman of Nuclear Regulatory Commission. It's the same thing as NISA (Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency) although the independence has to be respected". The employee said that as if he spit his anger.
The fact that the official residence doesn't listen to the people's voice also appears in the personnel affairs of Nuclear Power's administrations.
Because the police has limited the pass on the sidewalk, some people started to appeal "Oppose to Nuclear Power" from the roadway. There were also bicycle units to appeal "Oppose to the restart of Nuclear Power Plants" = Photo by Ryusaku Tanaka
The Police has setup the iron fences between the sidewalk and the roadway as they did at the last protest. We couldn't even pass the crossing in front of the National Diet building. The sidewalks in front of the PM's Office and around the National Diet building were filled with people.
But we know that the people who gathered in Nagatachô were just the tip of the iceberg. A prep school instructor in Tokyo, a woman in her fifties, taught me about it. She brought autographs of several students on a sheet of paper. "Give us back our future", "Will it be possible for me to have a baby?…" The woman said: "I brought the thoughts of students who couldn't come here".
Office Ladies with high heels and company employees with their business bags joined the tail end one after another. "To protect our health and life and for the children's future". The wish to stop nuclear power plant become stronger and deeper by each protest meeting.
Courtesy : Ryusaku Tanaka and Miyako Suwa