Japanese rally against nuclear power

April 10, 2011 at 10:45 AM

TOKYO, April 10 (UPI) -- Crowds totaling 17,500 people rallied in Tokyo Sunday to demand the shutdown of nuclear power plants, organizers said.

Two separate demonstrations took place in the capital city as engineers continued working to contain the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.

Fukushima was seriously damaged by a massive earthquake and tsunami last month. Protesters said the incident was a wake-up call to the potential risk of another disaster.

"Now is the time to stop nuclear plants," Takashi Kamiyama told the Kyodo news service as he took part in a rally with is two young children. "I want to do what I can do for these kids."

Organizers said Japan's vulnerability to earthquakes made it likely that other nuclear plants could be seriously damaged in the future.

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