In a poll conducted by Kyodo News, more than fifty percent of the 42 mayors of towns, villages and cities from the Tohoku region of northeastern part of Japan struck by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami believe that recovery has slowed down or halted.
A month before the third year anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, 22 mayors said that reconstruction is behind schedule, while 17 claim that everything is within schedule and proceeding as planned. No one believes the work is ahead of schedule. However, the heads of Namie and Futaba towns in Fukushima said that no progress in reconstruction is taking place in their areas. Even if residents have evacuated to keep away from the radiation leaking out of the nearby power plant, no developments have been made. In the prefectures of Iwate and Miyagi, municipality heads said that progress in rebuilding homes and roads, railways and port facilities is slow. Chiefs of towns in Fukushima said that there are delays in decontamination, compensation and work related to the current nuclear crisis in the plant.
Out of the 42 municipality heads from the three prefectures where the survey was conducted, 40 believe that the disaster has already waned from the memories of many people. In fact, some mayors conveyed concern on the shift in focus from the predicament Tohoku is in to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. While deaths from the March 2011 disasters reached 15,884 according to the National Police Agency, 2,636 people are still unaccounted for by February 10, just short of three years after they happened.
[via Kyodo News]