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Fears of Fukushima: Taiwan activists urge gov’t to abandon nuclear energy

For Kaohsiung resident Chiu Hua-mei, taking her 8-year-old daughter to the March anti-nuclear demonstrations has been a must since Japan’s Fukushima plant disaster in that month of 2011. Chiu, assistant professor of sociology at the National Sun Yat-sen University, has been helping the nonprofit Citizen of the Earth Taiwan organize an anti-nuclear protest in the southern city of Kaohsiung Saturday.

“Since the Fukushima disaster, we’ve seen growing anti-nuclear sentiments in Taiwan,” Chiu said.

Protests are planned Saturday March 8 in Taipei, Kaohsiung and other major cities. In March 2013, more than 220,000 people island-wide took to the streets, urging the government to scrap the almost-completed Fourth Nuclear Power Plant and eventually phase out nuclear energy.
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