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Japan composer Sakamoto leads anti-nuclear protest

Japanese musician Ryuichi Sakamoto delivers a speech during an anti-nuclear rally in Tokyo, Japan last Monday.

Photo: AFP

Japanese and foreign artists including iconic German group Kraftwerk performed at a mass weekend protest concert against nuclear energy inspired by Oscar-winning composer Ryuichi Sakamoto.

The “No nukes 2012” event was held in the vast Makuhari Messe exhibition center close to Tokyo. The concerts were also broadcast on the Internet, accompanied by anti-nuclear messages.

“Over a year has passed since the accident in Fukushima. The electricity company Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) and the Japanese prime minister said that the acute crisis is over, but the reality is that the danger has not passed and the real resolution of the accident remains unclear,” the organizers said.

The proceeds from the event will be donated to the “Goodbye to nuclear power” movement which is also supported by Nobel prize-winning author Kenzaburo Oe and whistle-blowing journalist Satoshi Kamata, as well as Sakamoto, who won an Academy Award for his score for the film The Last Emperor.

The movement is behind a petition against nuclear power which has already attracted more than 7.5 million signatures, as well as weekly protests outside the Tokyo residence of the prime minister against the presence of reactors on Japanese territory.









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