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A protester holds a poster denouncing Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda during a rally against the government's plans to restart two reactors at the Oi plant in Fukui Prefecture, in Tokyo on Sunday.

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That board is AWESOME. I totally want that on a T-Shirt. That's wicked. He put a lot of time into creating that.

Sell those TShirts. It's not like the police can rip the clothes off your body.

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Totally awesome! I would definitely wear a t shirt with this on it. Well done whoever you are.

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Noda is trying to catch a golden parachute from the nuke industry.

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I am copying the image. Obama is a radioactive Skull on my sign.

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News reports there were 50,000 people in the march.

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News reports there were 50,000 people in the march.

Walking in threes that line must have been very long.

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Oh, and the kanji, what does this one mean?

The top says, 'I will take responsibility.'

The bottom says, 'Lie(s)'.

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A bunch of overracting ojiisans isn't exactly a protest. It'll fall apart faster than a chinese happymeal toy and do as much as the "occupy" movement.

Talking about that, they could always stage an "occupy nuclear" movement and protest inside the reactor buildings (and then realize nothing happens)

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Go solar.

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REMzzz the Kanji means you are stealing a copyrighted image.

You cannot copy that let alone change the design.

I do not denounce Noda for needing to start the reactors but for going against his pledge to not raise taxes. He is a liar.

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And if anyone wants a T-shirt with this, i'm working on upscaling and cleaning up the image for low cost mass production screenprinting.

Yes yes yes! I want one! When you have sorted it out then put up your details, they could really take off!

And good on the protesters, nice to see some people standing up to corporations and government that clearly do not give a damn. Gotta get those profits coming back in, screw the communities eh, J-Govt? What was that about requiring the approval of communities before re-starting?

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You cannot copy that let alone change the design.

I seriously doubt an anti-nuke protester wishes to enforce a copyright over protest material not used for profit. Go for it REMzzz! I want mine on yellow please REMzzz!

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What a selfish ignorant individual! His demands are based on opinion and emotion while Noda is exercising common sense and theory that clean nuclear energy is required, based on a fact that there is energy shortage!

If I knew where this stuff is going down, I would personally confront this man and ask him to surrender all his electricity usage privileges and pay unemployment benefits to those that lose their jobs due shut down of nuclear power plants! Moreover, I would ask him to pay my electricity fees that are going up because of high price of fossil fuels and buy me a gas mask because I don't want to breathe pollutants that are direct result of this man's personal choice!

This man is a prime example why some decisions cannot be made by masses! For those of you screaming democracy, free market is best form of democracy, because in free market people can choose not to use electric appliances thus negating the need for nuclear power. If this can be achieved this man would be the winner, but now he is just a sucker for attention with no real sense of responsibly or common knowledge.

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And second, since neither the skull nor the photo of Mr Noda are whole and unedited, under US law, it is Fair Use. The owners of the original images can't come and sue me, when it's a scaled up version of a photo of a protest, printed in the news.

What about Japanese intellectual property laws? You can't just nick someone's artwork and sell it.

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All readers back on topic please.

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this seems like a movement about mobilizing the unemployed and homeless with a dose of

Anti-Nuclear Populism

he who mobilizes win by strength of numbers, or something like that, right?

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50,000 people not as big yet as the 70s but a start. Be warned beuracrats vengeance is apron they.

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The protest is healthy, but I am still pro nuclear power.

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If they want to protest effectively they need to see how the French do it!

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If they want to protest effectively they need to see how the French do it!

That normally ends with protesters rioting in the streets and the police going in mob-handed. Great for the media, not so good for those getting thumped or bombarded with street furniture.

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If Mr Noda can find another country to replace the complete wasteland of Japan after nuclear disaster then he is sincere with his " Watakushi ga sekinin wo toru". Otherwise what a meaningless, useless promise.

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The consumption tax and now the nuclear issue. It's kind of remarkable that Noda has been in office this long. Although as most of us agree, his days are certainly numbered...

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You think they would have something better to do on a workday. Makes me wonder if they are being paid by someone to protest. A group that represents oil/gas sales to Japan? It the atomic plants come back online Japan will use a lot less.

Paul with all kindness, solar is just not ready. One day perhaps there will be big solar arrays in space transmitting the power to earth. That day has not come and while we wait have to use the tools available. Yes the atomic plants have troubles but look at cars, industry, etc. Where I live in America, 2 coal electric plants are putting out all sorts of toxins. Well above the limit and the EPA does nothing. So far nobody has died unlike industry. While the USA is bad, Japan is worse. They polluted the ground, air and water and never cleaned it up Shikata ga nai (仕方がない).

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I don't think it matters if the protesters were hired. They still speak for the 70% or so of Japanese who are no longer sure that nuclear power is 100% safe. And besides, there's so much money around the nuclear industry that it certainly dwarfs the amount spent on the protest in question.

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I just noticed the use of a cooking pot as a drum. Too funny.

Still hope we can somehow track down the original artist that did the Noda plackard.

That board is AWESOME. I totally want that on a T-Shirt. That's wicked. He put a lot of time into creating that. Sell those TShirts. It's not like the police can rip the clothes off your body.

@NetNinja, but do you think they can make us turn the shirts inside out? If so, i'll print mine double sided, like this, http://twitpic.com/9vif14

And then here's another catchy piece of protest artwork at http://www.anglicanjournal.com/uploads/pics/JapanProtests.jpg if you look on the right, it's a nuclear grim reaper. My favorite though is a photo by Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, http://cdn.c.photoshelter.com/img-get/I0000Qdq1elHKk68/s/600/600/20120406-AntiNuclear-1411.jpg ..The guy has all those pins on his beanie. I want those myself :)

I do wonder what the exact demographics of protesters are like. 10 year old kids, grandparents, middle aged men.. i see some women too...

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