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Survey: 52% in Fukushima see progress toward recovery

February 28, 2019
A combined 52 percent of respondents said either some or much progress had been made toward recovery in the prefecture. In contrast, only 7 percent gave those responses in the 2012 survey while the figure rose to 36 percent in the 2016 survey.
A combined 44 percent said little or no progress had been made toward recovery, according to the latest survey, the ninth one conducted.
Asked when they think their lives will return to pre-disaster conditions, 56 percent said “beyond 20 years.” Half of the residents who said some or much progress had been made toward recovery gave this response.
A combined 60 percent of respondents said they were very much or somewhat concerned about the effects of radioactive materials released by the triple meltdown.
Seventy-eight percent of respondents said they felt the general public’s interest over victims of the nuclear disaster was weakening.
Sixty-one percent of respondents were against the government’s plan to use contaminated soil with low levels of radiation for public works projects in Fukushima Prefecture. Only 27 percent of respondents supported that move.
Seventy-three percent of female respondents opposed the use of the contaminated soil, compared with 49 percent of men.
Asked about a plan to dilute the contaminated water and release it into the ocean, 65 percent of respondents were opposed, a slight decrease from the 67 percent who objected in last year’s survey.
Only 19 percent supported the release of diluted water to the ocean, unchanged from last year’s survey.
A combined 87 percent of respondents said they were greatly or somewhat concerned that the release of the diluted water would create negative publicity for Fukushima seafood and produce.
Moreover, 65 percent of Fukushima respondents said lessons from the nuclear disaster have not been reflected in the central government’s nuclear energy policy. Only 16 percent said the lessons were being used effectively in nuclear policy.
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March 1, 2019 Posted by | fukushima 2019 | , | Leave a comment

Survey: 57% oppose rebooting nuclear reactors, 29% in favor



Fifty-seven percent of citizens nationwide are against restarting nuclear power plants, nearly double the 29 percent who want reactors brought back online, according to an Asahi Shimbun survey.

The results of the telephone survey conducted on Oct. 15 and 16 show that more than half of the public has remained opposed to the resumption of nuclear plant operations since an Asahi Shimbun survey in June 2013, when 58 percent expressed opposition.

In an Asahi survey in February this year, 54 percent of respondents disagreed with plans to fire up the reactors.

The support rate for the Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe fell to 48 percent from 52 percent in the previous survey conducted in September. The nonsupport rate was 32 percent, up from 29 percent.

The Abe administration has been pushing for the resumption of nuclear plant operations. Currently, only two of Japan’s dozens of reactors are online under stricter safety standards set after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Around 45 percent of respondents who support Abe’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party oppose reactor restarts, eclipsing the 42 percent of LDP supporters who agree with the nuclear policy.

Among supporters of the main opposition Democratic Party, 78 percent are against rebooting nuclear reactors, according to the survey.

Fifty-nine percent of respondents who do not support any particular party want the reactors to remain idle, compared with 24 percent in favor of bringing nuclear plants back online.

The survey showed that younger people and males were more likely to support restarts of nuclear power plants.

Sixty percent of males 18 to 29 years old were in favor, compared with 30 percent in opposition, according to the survey.

The Asahi Shimbun conducted the latest survey through the Random Digit Dialing method, in which survey takers call both fixed and mobile telephone numbers randomly selected by computer. Parts of Fukushima Prefecture were excluded from the survey.

Among the 1,870 households contacted that had at least one eligible voter, 1,000 people, or 53 percent, gave valid responses.

October 18, 2016 Posted by | Japan | , | Leave a comment