3.11 Tokyo Big March

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3.11 Tokyo Big March

On the three-month anniversary of the March 11 quake last year, there were over a dozen anti-nuclear demonstrations held in Tokyo alone. This weekend, however, you'll see rather fewer. That could mean a variety of things, of course: that people are losing interest, that the previously fragmented groups involved in the protest movement have finally learned to get along – or that there's the sense that the argument has already been won. With 52 of Japan's 54 nuclear reactors currently lying dormant, there certainly isn't the same sense of urgency as there was in the months immediately following the meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi. But that might change if, as electricity providers and many politicians hope, all those idle plants start to come back online again.

If you'd like to show your support for the anti-nuclear crowd this weekend, there'll be a demonstration starting from Hibiya Park on Sunday afternoon – a convenient location, given that they'll be hosting the Peace on Earth memorial event nearby at the same time. After some speeches and a moment of silence at 2.46pm, the exact one-year anniversary of the quake, a parade will head off on a route through Ginza, Yurakucho and then looping back to Kasumigaseki. Note that there'll also be a separate group of protestors forming a human chain around the Diet building later in the afternoon, starting from the Shakai Bunka Kaikan near Nagatacho Station at 4.30pm.

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