19 Sep 2011

Japanese protest against nuclear energy policy

9:34 pm on 19 September 2011

Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets of Tokyo to protest against Japan's nuclear energy policy.

The demonstration is the largest since the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, which was badly damaged following a powerful earthquake and tsunami on 11 March.

Waving banners and chanting slogans, tens of thousands of protesters on Monday called on the Japanese government to end what they call the country's addiction to nuclear power, the ABC reports.

They argue that the meltdowns at the Fukushima plant in northeast Japan are proof that nuclear energy is inherently unsafe.