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Japan stands at a crossroads over its reliance on nuclear power as the country marks the second anniversary of one of the world’s worst atomic disasters. On March 11, 2011, a massive earthquake triggered [by HAARP technology set off] a devastating tsunami (tidal wave) that struck Japan’s northeast coast, killing more than 20,000 and leaving at least 150,000 Japanese homeless. The twin disasters also triggered a meltdown at the Tokyo Electric Power Company’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, stranding more than 315,000 evacuees. Japan responded by halting nearly all nuclear-related projects. But two of the Fukushima nuclear power complex’s existing reactors are now operational again, and construction has resumed at the Oma nuclear power plant.
Over the weekend, thousands of Japanese marched in opposition to nuclear power. Democracy Now is joined from Kyoto by Aileen Mioko Smith, executive director of Green Action.
- As Japan says Fukushima disaster "MAN-MADE" and "PREVENTABLE," fears Grow for Nuclear Plants Worldwide A Japanese parliamentary inquiry has concluded last year’s nuclear meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was "a profoundly man-made disaster -- that could and should have been foreseen and prevented."