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These are anti-nuke demonstrators in front of Tokyo's Shinjuku Station protesting Japan's nuclear energy policy and anger against the Tokyo Electric Power Corp (TEPCO). This took place on June 11, 2011, exactly three months after the Fukushima Daichi Power Plant nuclear disaster and involved some 4000 demonstrators and nearly the same number of police. This and other demonstrations were staged across Tokyo involving tens of thousands demonstrators. TEPCO is the huge Japanese energy company responsible for the Fukushima disaster which has now been officially declared as having experienced a meltdown to two of it's reactors on March 11, 2011 when a tsunami struck it. This demo and others took place in Tokyo during afternoon and rush hour periods and was purposely intended to disrupt the city to call attention to their anti-nuke cause. However, this Shinjuku demo was very peaceful and had more of a festival or even carnival like atmosphere. This included heavy metal bands performing from trucks, traditional Japanese street musicians (called Chindoya), rap and reggae singers, as well as the demonstrators banging drums and shouting antinuclear slogans . The powerful March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami has officially killed 15,000 people, but an additional 8,300 are still missing.
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