Kenzaburo Oe Leading Anti-Nuke Protest ©Uchujin-AdrianStorey_2011_09_19_6702

Kenzaburo Oe (2nd from left) and Yamamoto Taro(right) lead the 19th September Anti-Nuclear march as it leaves Meiji park in Tokyo

The scenes that started in Meiji park in Tokyo midday on September 19th, 2011 and continued through the day as a 50,000 people strong crowd, led by Kenzaburo Oe (winner of the Nobel prize for literature in 1994) marched through the streets of Tokyo to protest Nuclear power, are quite simply the most impressive thing I have ever seen in Japan.

The exact numbers in the crowd are in dispute (Police-29,000, NHK-60,000) but my estimate would be around 50,000. Consisting of a mainly older demographic that is sure to worry the politicians, there was none of the Police violence of early September’s much smaller and younger demonstration in Shinjuku, and the overall police presence was much smaller as well. See more of Uchujin’s image here.