Tokyo (CNN) — Tens of thousands of people crowded into a park in central Tokyo on Monday to protest the use of nuclear power in Japan, highlighting the growing opposition to atomic energy in the country since the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.
The peaceful demonstration took place on Japan’s national day in an area the size of a large sports field in Yoyogi Park, near the bustling shopping and nightlife district of Shibuya.
The event attracted so many people on a hot July public holiday that many spilled out into the surrounding streets, unable to enter the main area. It brought together a broad mix of Japanese people, from seasoned environmental activists to families who hadn’t participated in a protest before.
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