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“17,500 gather for Tokyo rallies against nuclear plants” via Kyodo News

About 17,500 people gathered Sunday for two rallies held in Tokyo against nuclear power plants amid the prolonged crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station some 220 kilometers to the northeast.

Around the JR Koenji Station in Suginami Ward, some 15,000 people took part in a demonstration march organized by local shop owners and reported online as a call for joining the event had spread on Twitter, organizers said.

”I learned of the event on Twitter. Now is the time to stop nuclear plants,” said Takashi Kamiyama, who took part with his 2- and 6-year-old children among participants. ”I want to do what I can do for these kids.”

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