15,000 Goodbyes to Nukes in Fukuoka

About 15,000 people gathered in Fukuoka’s Maizuru Park to say NO to nuclear power plants and the Genkai Nuclear Power Plant in particular yesterday according to the organizer of “the Goodbye Nukes! 10,000 People’s Rally in Fukuoka”.

In addition to people from Kyushu and Yamaguchi, about 300 groups from South Korea participated in the protest.

This was the largest anti-nuclear plants event ever held in Kyushu, reported Ryukyu Shimpo, Okinawa’s local newspaper.

Here’s some video coverages in English:


Fukushima Children Arrive in Okinawa to Spend Summer

July 27th, 2011

Fukushima children arrived in Naha, Okinawa yesterday to spend summer, reported Ryukyu Shimpo. According to the local daily, Okinawa’s Youth Hostel Association launched a project to invite children in Fukushima to spend summer in Okinawa for about a month, and 111 students from elementary to high schools participating in the project came to Okinawa. They will stay in the Okinawa International Youth Hostel in Naha.

One of supporters of the project from Fukushima-City told the daily, “Because of radioactive contamination by the nuclear accident, children wearing masks and long-sleeves had been studying in classrooms with all windows closed.” She said with teary eyes, “They can take off masks and breathe the air big. They can eat without worries and play outside a lot. I really appreciate it.”

6.11 No Nukes Action – Kyushu & Okinawa Edition


Stop Nuclear Power Plants Action in Fukuoka
1:00PM Gather at Kego Park in Fukuoka-City


Bye Bye Nuclear Power Plants
2:00PM Gather at Shirakawa Park in Kumamoto-City


We Don’t Need Nuclear Power Plants in Kagoshima
1:00pm Gather at Ten Park in Kagoshima-City


One Million People No-Nuke Action in Okinawa
2:30PM Gather at Bunka Tenbusu-kan Plaza in Naha

“Nuclear Power Plants are Wrong” Children’s Parade in Naha
6:00PM Gather in front of the prefecture office
The event will be canceled if it rains.