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Anti-nuclear protesters put heat on Noda via The Asahi Shimbun

Fifteen weeks ago, there were only 300 of them. On July 13, according to police estimates, there were 10,000 people in Tokyo’s streets with a single, simple message for Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda: “Saikado Hantai” (We oppose restarts).

The organizers of the weekly Friday night protest against the reactivation of Japan’s nuclear reactors have only one slogan and ask those attending not to carry placards unrelated to the nuclear issue.

The crowd, including students, parents and pensioners, repeatedly shout in unison: “Saikado Hantai.”

A 71-year-old man from Yokohama taking part in the protest for the first time on July 13 said it was a far cry from the famous student demonstration around the Diet building in which he had taken part in 1960.

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