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Environmentalists protesting the arrival of the Japanese vessel Akatsuki Maru and its controversial cargo stage a sit-in in front of the Science and Technology Agency in Tokyo Monday. The ship, carrying 1.7 tons of reprocessed plutonium, left Cherbourg, France, Nov. 7 and is scheduled to arrive at Tokai Port, northeast of Tokyo, Tuesday, but authorities have refused to say what time. Government officials have sought to assure the public the shipment, first in a planned long-term program, poses no threat. But environmentalists have warned of potential pollution if the ship sinks or springs a leak and the risk of the cargo being hijacked by terrorists.