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In Fukuoka on Sunday, Nov. 13, at least 10,000 people assembled and marched through the city protesting against the use of nuclear power stations and alleged corruption at Kyushu Electric Power Co. The march was orderly and peaceful and included not only Japanese citizens but also local foreigners and participants from the Korean Peninsula as well.

It was one of largest demonstrations held in Fukuoka City in recent memory, proving that many people here are very concerned about the continued use of nuclear power in Japan and fed up with the disinformation tactics coming from those with vested financial interests in nuclear power such as Kyushu Electric.

Unfortunately the media reporting of the demonstration here has been minimal. NHK Fukuoka, in particular, gave virtually zero coverage. No doubt that if the demonstration had been for an issue more in tune with established agenda (such as abductions, crime by foreigners, etc.), the national broadcaster would have given it adequate airtime. A double “bi-labial fricative” to NHK Fukuoka for ignoring a worthy news event that is evidently of great concern to many people here in Kyushu.

The opinions expressed in this letter to the editor are the writer’s own and do not necessarily reflect the policies of The Japan Times.

shayne bowden

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