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Ryuichi Sakamoto to organize antinuclear music festival in July.

TOKYO, March 27 Kyodo

Musician Ryuichi Sakamoto said Tuesday he will organize a music festival in July to express opposition to nuclear power plants and nuclear weapons amid the ongoing crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.

''I want to express the desire to achieve a nuclear-free (world), not only feelings against nuclear power plants but also against nuclear weapons,'' the 60-year-old composer said at a press conference in Tokyo.

The event called ''No Nukes 2012'' will be held July 7-8 at the Makuhari Messe convention complex in Chiba, near Tokyo.

Nine individuals and groups, including singer-songwriter Kazuyoshi Saito, Yellow Magic Orchestra -- the electro-pop band to which Sakamoto belongs -- and rock band Asian Kung-Fu Generation, have already signed up to perform at the event, and the number of performers will likely increase.

Revenues from the festival will be donated entirely to a civic group at the center of the movement called the 10 Million People's Action to say Goodbye to Nuclear Power Plants, according to Sakamoto.
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