Even Noda startled by size of anti-nuclear protest outside his office via The Asahi Shimbun

Thousands rallied outside the prime minister’s office in Tokyo’s Nagatacho district to protest the government’s decision to restart two reactors at the Oi nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture.

The No. 3 and No. 4 reactors, operated by Kansai Electric Power Co., had been shut down for regular maintenance inspections. The No. 3 reactor is due to go back online on July 1.

Similar protest rallies were held across the country, including Osaka, which is served by Kansai Electric.

Many people joined the rally in Tokyo on June 29 in response to calls on Twitter. Holding banners and placards, the crowd filled the sidewalk on the way to the prime minister’s office.

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