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David against nuclear Goliath in Japan
Asia Times ^ | 10/16/2013 | Suvendrini Kakuchi

Posted on 10/16/2013 9:15:07 PM PDT by TexGrill

TOKYO - Two and a half years ago, Ayako Oga, now 30, found herself helpless as an earthquake and the tsunami it triggered hit Japan and crippled four reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. She and her husband were forced to abandon their village Ookuma Machi, barely five kilometers away.

The once-farmer is a leading activist today in Japan's growing anti-nuclear movement, joining hundreds of Fukushima residents affected by the March 11, 2011 tragedy to protest against a government plan to restart Japan's nuclear reactors.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has been aggressively pushing an economic agenda that has come to be called Abenomics, declared at a press conference last month, "We will

restart nuclear power plants on the basis of the world's strictest safety standards."

Now living with hundreds of evacuees in Aizu Wakamatsu - a town 100 kilometers from the damaged plant - Oga is determined not to let this happen. "Representing important evidence of the dark side of nuclear power is something I have to do," she told IPS.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Health/Medicine; Science; Society
KEYWORDS: japaneconomy
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1 posted on 10/16/2013 9:15:07 PM PDT by TexGrill
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