Tents set up on the premises of the Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward by a citizens' group protesting against nuclear power were removed early on the morning of Aug. 21 by a Tokyo District Court order.
Over 100 officials including enforcement officers from the court and economy ministry security guards gathered around the tents shortly after 3:30 a.m. and formed a human barricade to create an off-limit area. There were five men inside the tents at the time, but they left at the urging of the officials. By a little past 5 a.m., the tents and anti-nuclear power signs were removed completely and green fences were set up to block the area.
Several dozens of supporters of the citizens' group subsequently gathered at the site and protested against the tent removal to ministry officials.
Group leader Taro Fuchigami, 74, said the group "will continue to fight the government."