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Japanese mount anti-nuclear energy rally in N.Y.

NEW YORK, July 7 Kyodo

About 40 people mainly from Japan mounted an antinuclear rally in downtown New York on Saturday in what the organizers called a joint action with huge weekly demonstrations opposing nuclear energy near the prime minister's office in Tokyo.

The demonstrators, including Akihiro Yamamoto, a 35-year-old musician from Japan's Tottori, marched through the streets in the city crowded with citizens and tourists holding a banner reading "Save Beautiful Japan No Nukes."

Yamamoto and others organized the event as anti-nuclear energy demonstrators have massed near the premier's office every Friday since earlier this year and the number of participants has topped 10,000 recently.

Yamamoto said he had never organized a rally or even taken part in any before. "There are people in Japan who have risen up. We want to let people in New York know Japan does not want to keep atomic power plants," he said.

In Japan, a nuclear power reactor in Fukui Prefecture, western Japan, went online earlier this month as the first reactor to restart since the March 2011 crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi plant.
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Date:Jul 9, 2012
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