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Thousands expected for latest Japanese nuclear protest

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Thousands of people are expected to form a “human chain” around Japan’s parliament on Sunday as part of demonstrations aimed at ending nuclear power after last year’s atomic crisis at Fukushima.

The protest is the latest in a string in Japan, which has seen a rising tide of anti-nuclear sentiment since Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda in June ordered the restart of two reactors.

Noda defended the move citing looming power shortages after Japan switched off its 50 nuclear reactors – which once supplied one-third of resource-poor Japan’s energy – in the wake of Fukushima.

Weekly demonstrations outside the prime minister’s residence have drawn tens of thousands of people and a rally in west Tokyo earlier this month saw a crowd that organisers claimed was about 170,000.

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