On a sunny morning last Sunday, a large group of people gathered in Tokyo in a park near the parliament and other government buildings to hear musicians stage performances powered only by solar energy. That was not, however, the main aim.
The people, numbering thousands according to media reports, were protesting against nuclear power plants in Japan in the wake of the Fukushima disaster triggered by an earthquake and tsunami on March 11 three years ago.
Despite protests ever since the meltdown at the Fukushima plants, when Shinzo Abe took over as prime minister he expressed a willingness to build more nuclear reactors. In a TV interview in late December 2012, he said the new reactors would be totally different from the ones built 40 years ago at Fukushima.
All 50 of Japan’s reactors were shut for inspections in the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster. And Fukushima reactors are in the process of being decommissioned, something that is expected to take about three decades.