Political activism and music have long gone hand in hand, and following the disaster at the Fukushima Daichi nuclear power plant last year, the No Nukes 2012 concert has been arranged to put pressure on the Japanese government and future energy policy.
Taking place on 7th and 8th July at Makuhari Messe in Chiba, the event is the brainchild of Japanese pop legend Ryuichi Sakamoto with the aim to “prove to people in Japan and the world that humans and nukes cannot coexist, whether it be for weapons and/or electricity”. YMO founding member Sakamoto has called upon a cast of top Japanese and world music stars to come together for the cause. Chart topping acts such as 9mm Parabellum Bullet and Asian Kung-Fu Generation will be appearing, as well as a host of local legends. Most excitingly however, is the recent addition of German electronic pioneers Kraftwerk, who will be headlining on the Saturday.
All proceeds will go to the Citizen’s Committee, aiming to get 10 million signatures on a petition against nuclear power. For more information please visit the No Nukes 2012 website.
Words: Mark Birtles