Just a day before the 3rd anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant accident, national broadcaster NHK released the results of a survey about nuclear power in Japan. The results show that 80% of the respondents are in favor of scrapping some or all of the existing nuclear reactors in the country.
The survey, which was conducted from November to December of 2013, also asked respondents if they were concerned that another accident like Fukushima will happen and 37% said they are very concerned, 50% are slightly concerned while only 14% said they are not. When asked if the nuclear reactors, all 50 of which are currently offline, should be restarted, 44% said they should remain that way, while 11% believe they should go online soon. But 44% of those who responded were still undecided as to what fate should befall the idle atomic plants. The poll also asked what should be done with the existing reactors, 30% said all of them should be decommissioned while 46% believe they should just be reduced. 22% think the number should just be maintained while only 1% said that the government and utilities should add more plants.
An overwhelming 95% of respondents believe that the current situation at Fukushima, with its slow decontamination process and almost regular irradiated water leaks, is worrisome, while just 5% said they are not that concerned. NHK researchers think that the ongoing problems at Fukushima may have influenced their opinion about nuclear power.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe paid a visit to some towns in the Fukushima Prefecture on Saturday to check on the living conditions of residents, most of whom are still displaced. By April 1, residents of Miyakoji District will be able to return home, as the evacuation order is expected to be lifted, the first since the nuclear accident. Abe said to reporters afterwards that he thinks the Fukushima rehabilitation is underway but also vowed to do his best to rebuild the prefecture as soon as possible. He said that until Fukushima is restored, there will be no economic revival for the country.
[ via NHK ]
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