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Anti-nuclear protests show Japan is becoming an ordinary nation, scholar says via The Asahi Shimbun

In a country long considered lacking a culture of protest, thousands of people are gathering every Friday night in Tokyo’s Nagatacho political district to protest nuclear energy and the government’s decision to restart reactors.

Eiji Oguma, a professor of historical sociology at Keio University, has observed some of the anti-nuclear demonstrations. He believes that, in the wider picture, these protests represent a new era for Japanese society.

Excerpts from his interview with The Asahi Shimbun follow:

Question: It had been said that people just do not demonstrate in Japan. Now, however, a large number of people are participating. What did you notice about the demonstrations being held near the Prime Minister’s Official Residence?

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