Japan: Anti-nuclear activists protest PM Abe's energy plan in Tokyo

An estimated 30,000 anti-nuclear activists attended a rally in Tokyo's Yoyogi Park, Friday, to protest against Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's plan to reopen a number of Japan's nuclear reactors.
Many of Japan's nuclear plants were taken offline by authorities following the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011, which resulted in a meltdown and the devastating release of radioactive materials into the area around Fukushima. On March 11, anti-nuclear protesters demonstrated outside the National Diet Building in Tokyo to mark the 5th anniversary of the disaster.
Despite concerns from Japanese citizens surrounding the safety of restarting the reactors, Abe and Japan's utility companies have continued to call for the reopening of several nuclear facilities. New safety regulations were implemented in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, and the Japanese leader has vowed to reopen reactors that meet the new standards in place.