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Foreigners afraid of living near Fukushima after crisis

A non-profit group’s interviews with expats who lived in Fukushima Prefecture at the time the nuclear catastrophe broke out in March 2011 determined that over two-thirds of them have left for their home countries or moved elsewhere in Japan.

13 February 2014

The Fukushima International Association’s survey also showed that foreigners were worried by differences in domestic and foreign media coverage and that most of them relied on TV more than radio because of language barriers.

According to the prefectural authorities, up to 164,200 people had moved by May 2012, which accounts for 8% of the overall population of 2mln.

Of the 100 foreigners who took part in the survey, 53 knew that the prefecture hosted nuclear power plants before the earthquake on 11 March 2011 and tsunami that triggered the disaster.

At the end of 2010, 11,190 foreigners lived in the prefecture. Over 60% of them were either Chinese or Filipino. The number had dropped to 9,489 by the end of June 2013.

Foreigners who were given survey questionnaires pointed out that Japanese newspapers were slower in providing information than the foreign media.

Many foreigners had problems with understanding the situation even when they watched TV. They were at a loss why Japanese politicians appeared on the screen on a daily basis with a serious look in the faces. They were worried because they did not know where the nuclear plant was located and how dangerous radiation was.

Voice of Russia

February 12, 2014 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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