Author Kenzaburo Oe called Feb. 8 on heads of local governments hosting nuclear power plants not to give the go-ahead for the restart of reactors currently shut down for maintenance and other safety checks.
Oe is among a number of prominent members of a group seeking the creation of a nuclear-free society.
Speaking at a news conference in Tokyo, Oe said: “Japanese people have begun to use the word ‘ethics’ in a new meaning. If they are going to take responsibility for ethics, they now have to show their determination to abolish nuclear power plants.”
Oe won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1994.
The group also revealed that it plans to organize a rally in Tokyo on July 16 that it hopes will attract more than 100,000 people.
A similar rally will be also held in Tokyo's Yoyogi Park on Feb. 11.
In September last year, about 60,000 people attended an anti-nuclear rally held in Meiji Park, also in Tokyo.
Oe said the citizens’ group he helps head aims to collect 10 million signatures from people opposed to nuclear power generation.
Other prominent members of the group are author Keiko Ochiai; journalist Satoshi Kamata; musician Ryuichi Sakamoto; and poet and author Takashi Tsujii.
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