- Massive signature campaign on nuclear power launched in Tokyo, Osaka
A residents' advocacy group seeking support for a local referendum on the use of nuclear power launched a pro-and-con nuclear power signature campaign in Tokyo and Osaka on Dec. 10.
Minna de kimeyo "Genpatsu" Kokumintohyo (Let everyone decide on nuclear power through local referendums) was formed in June 2011 amidst increased residents' concerns in the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, triggered by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami.
Celebrities such as actor Taro Yamamoto, "manga" (cartoon) artist Tetsuya Chiba, and movie director Shotaro Kobayashi are among the most vocal supporters and members of the group.
According to the law, campaign organizers are legally required to collect signatures from at least one-fiftieth of registered voters in Tokyo, or about 214,200 people, within a two-month period to demand that Gov. Shintaro Ishihara take action to revise a local ordinance to introduce a referendum.
this is great news. With the majority now against nuclear power this has the potential to shut down nuclear power in Japan for good.
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