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Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012

Most residents still like Fukushima


FUKUSHIMA — Around 60 percent of people who call Fukushima Prefecture home hope to continue to live where they are, according to a recent survey.

The survey, conducted in August and September by Fukushima University, covered people aged 15 and older, including those who evacuated from the prefecture after the March 2011 earthquake-tsunami catastrophe triggered the nuclear disaster.

According to the survey, 62.7 percent of the 1,232 respondents said they would like to continue to live in Fukushima, or they would like to do so if health risks from radiation exposure are not an issue.

The poll found that 13.8 percent would like to relocate to other prefectures if possible, or they do not want to continue to stay in Fukushima.

In a multiple-answer question asking why they are staying in Fukushima, 69.7 percent said they have jobs in the prefecture, followed by 41.4 percent who cited the financial burdens they would face if they were to move.

The survey found that 50 percent of the respondents are very or rather worried about education in Fukushima, compared with 39.6 percent who answered they are not very worried or not worried at all.

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