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Candelight vigil and protest ahead of Fukushima three-year anniversary

Sunday, March 09, 2014 - 01:33

March. 9 - People in Japan hold a candlelight vigil and protest ahead of the three-year anniversary of the 2011 Japanese tsunami and Fukushima nuclear crisis. Gavino Garay reports.

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A somber mood at a candelight vigil in Iwaki City near Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant on Sunday. Nearly 1,000 candles were lit to commemorate those who died nearly three years ago in a tsunami and earthquake that sparked a nuclear crisis. Three reactors at the Fukushima plant suffered meltdowns and radiation spewed widely through eastern Japan. (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) IWAKI CITY RESIDENT, NORIO HIRUTA, SAYING: "My best friend died in the tsunami and I have been dragging that feeling along. I am reminded when that day comes round again every year." March 11 will mark the three-year anniversary of a tsunami following a 9.0 magnitude earthquake that set off meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant. The tsunami killed nearly 20,000 people. Meanwhile, in Tokyo, thousands called for an end to nuclear power. (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) DEMONSTRATOR, FUMIKO ICHIKAWA, SAYING: "I am here today because I want to rid the planet of nuclear power as fast as possible." Demonstrators gathered in front of the parliament, where former Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan spoke. (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) FORMER JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER, NAOTO KAN, SAYING: "I believe that now is the crucial time to for us to eliminate nuclear power or we forgive the Abe administration which is going in the opposite direction." Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is keen to restart Japan's idled nuclear reactors to cut the cost of fossil fuel imports used by power stations.

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Candelight vigil and protest ahead of Fukushima three-year anniversary

Sunday, March 09, 2014 - 01:33