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47% surveyed see scant progress in reconstruction after 2011 disaster

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — A Jiji Press opinion poll has shown that 47.6 percent of the respondents see little or no progress in the reconstruction after the March 2011 powerful earthquake and tsunami.

The survey also found that 72.9 percent are opposed to exports of nuclear power plants, promoted by the Japanese government.

According to the survey, 2.2 percent said they very much see progress in the reconstruction of areas devastated by the disasters that mainly hit northeastern Japan on March 11, 2011, and 42.8 percent believe progress has been made to a certain extent, with the percentages adding up to 45.0 percent.

On the other hand, 3.8 percent saw no progress at all and 43.8 percent claimed that they do not see much progress.

The survey showed that 74.8 percent see little or no progress in the reconstruction of areas damaged by the nuclear accident at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.’s Fukushima No. 1 plant, which followed the earthquake and tsunami.

Asked to choose from eight options concerning accident-response measures in which the respondents see little or no progress, with multiple answers allowed, 47.9 percent picked decontamination work, making up the largest group, followed by 46.5 percent who cited disposal of debris and radioactive waste.

Elsewhere in the survey, 4.2 percent said exports of nuclear power plants should be promoted and 10.5 percent generally supported the government’s policy. These proponents accounted for 14.7 percent.

Meanwhile, 38.2 percent said the government should drop the policy and 34.7 percent said they generally think the policy should be dropped. Such opponents made up 72.9 percent.

Those who said the policy on nuclear plant exports should be dropped accounted for 66.0 percent of supporters of the cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and 85.5 percent of non-supporters.

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