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Jiji Press Public Opinion Poll on the Great East Japan Earthquake

  • March 11, 2018
  • , Jiji Press Public Opinion Poll Bulletin , [No. 1548] – pp. 5–7
  • JMH Translation
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Questions & answers (%)

The Jiji Press Public Opinion Poll on the Great East Japan Earthquake has been conducted annually since February 2012. Figures in parentheses denote the results of the survey conducted in 2017 (middle column) and the survey conducted in 2016 (right column).

 

Q: It will soon be seven years since the Great East Japan Earthquake. How do you think the reconstruction in the stricken areas is progressing?

 

(1) How do you think reconstruction is progressing in the areas damaged by the earthquake and tsunami? Select only one response from the following.

 

2018

(2017)

(2016)

Reconstruction is progressing very well

1.7

(2.4)

(0.8)

Fairly well

41.1

(32.6)

(30.6)

Not very well

46.3

(51.3)

(56.3)

Not at all

3.6

(6.4)

(7.3)

Don’t know

7.2

(7.4)

(5.0)

Progressing (total)

42.8

(35.0)

(31.4)

Not progressing (total)

50.0

(57.7)

(63.6)

 

(2) How do you think reconstruction is progressing in the areas damaged by the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident? Select only one response from the following.

 

2018

(2017)

(2016)

Reconstruction is progressing very well

0.6

(0.4)

(0.2)

Fairly well

16.5

(13.7)

(10.8)

Not very well

57.2

(54.3)

(57.4)

Not at all

18.5

(25.5)

(25.4)

Don’t know

7.3

(6.2)

(6.2)

Progressing (total)

17.1

(14.1)

(11.0)

Not progressing (total)

75.7

(79.7)

(82.8)

 

Q: Which measures to reconstruct from the damage wreaked by the earthquake and tsunami do you think are not progressing? Select all responses that apply from the following.

 

 

2018

(2017)

(2016)

Restoration of municipalities’ administrative functions

17.3

(20.7)

(20.0)

Housing reconstruction and disaster-resistant town development

45.4

(49.3)

(51.9)

Development of transport networks, ports, and other distribution infrastructure

22.6

(23.0)

(22.8)

Renewal of the agriculture, forestry, and fisheries industries

23.6

(25.0)

(25.9)

Renewal of the manufacturing, services, and tourism industries and trade

20.6

(23.2)

(24.7)

Development of employment opportunities

34.3

(35.1)

(42.5)

Rebuilding of public health, medical care, and welfare functions

17.5

(24.3)

(19.0)

Rebuilding of the education environment

13.5

(15.7)

(13.0)

Renewal and revitalization of communities

40.3

(40.8)

(38.7)

Review of disaster-mitigation plans

20.4

(20.4)

(20.5)

Securing of financial resources for reconstruction, building of systems to develop the resources, and constructing a framework for coordinating the resources

21.8

(23.3)

(24.7)

Other

1.1

(0.3)

(0.2)

Nothing in particular + Don’t know

12.4

(10.5)

(10.9)

 

Q: Which measures to reconstruct from damage wreaked by the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident do you think are not progressing? Select all responses that apply from the following.

 

 

2018

(2017)

(2016)

Compensation and reparations

40.2

(38.6)

(45.4)

Decontamination work

47.0

(59.6)

(56.4)

Livelihood support for evacuees, promotion of their return to their former places of residence, and review of evacuation zones

43.7

(45.7)

(42.5)

Health surveys of residents as well as health and medical care measures to protect them against radioactive substances

31.0

(36.6)

(34.4)

Disposal of debris and radioactive waste

47.7

(55.1)

(57.0)

Food safety measures

17.1

(21.4)

(21.4)

Disclosure of information on the causes of the accident as well as  countermeasures [to guard against future accidents]

27.9

(37.3)

(33.5)

Measures to address the leakage of radioactive water

40.9

(50.7)

(52.4)

Other

0.6

(0.2)

(0.3)

Nothing in particular + Don’t know

9.9

(6.3)

(7.8)

 

Q: What action would you like to take in light of the fact that Japan suffered an earthquake and nuclear power plant accident? Select all responses that apply from the following.

 

 

2018

(2017)

(2016)

Endeavor to obtain information from such sources as the television news, newspapers, and books

37.9

(38.7)

(40.8)

Improve the disaster-mitigation and seismic countermeasures I take at home

40.3

(43.1)

(40.5)

Actively participate in community and workplace disaster-mitigation drills

18.4

(23.1)

(18.6)

Create relationships with people in the community where I live [and agree that we will help each other at times of emergency]

36.3

(38.9)

(37.4)

Talk with my family about what actions we will take and how we will contact each other at times of emergency as well as the location of evacuation sites

44.3

(46.4)

(48.0)

Adopt an energy-saving lifestyle

22.2

(22.1)

(22.0)

Review how children, the elderly, persons with disabilities, and other vulnerable persons will be rescued in case of emergency

30.2

(30.8)

(30.3)

Provide as much support as possible for as long as possible, including volunteering and monetary donations

19.3

(21.0)

(21.3)

Not forget that the Great East Japan earthquake happened

51.1

(49.4)

(53.2)

Other

0.2

(0.2)

(0.6)

Nothing in particular + Don’t know

4.2

(4.6)

(4.0)

 

Q: In April 2017, the government lifted the evacuation order in Fukushima Prefecture that had been in place since the nuclear power accident, although areas designated as “difficult-to-return” zones, including all of Futaba and Okuma Towns and sections of five other municipalities that have a high radiation levels, were excluded. For such reasons as the lack of basic infrastructure, the return of residents has not progressed as intended. Do you think that the return of residents will progress as time passes? Select only one response from the following.

 

 

2018

(2017)

(2016)

Yes

3.5

(4.9)

(3.7)

Generally yes

22.2

(24.7)

(26.1)

Generally no

48.1

(42.3)

(40.5)

No

20.3

(22.0)

(23.5)

Don’t know

5.9

(6.2)

(6.2)

Yes (total)

25.7

(29.5)

(29.8)

No (total)

68.4

(64.2)

(64.0)

 

Q: The government and electric utilities are moving forward with the restart of nuclear power plants in Japan. For example, in December 2017, reactors no. 6 and no. 7 at TEPCO’s Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Station passed the screening conducted by the Nuclear Regulation Authority based on the new regulatory requirements. Are you in favor of or opposed to the restart of nuclear power plants? Select only one response from the following.

 

 

2018

(2017)

(2016)

In favor

7.5

(9.5)

(10.5)

Generally in favor

26.1

(22.1)

(26.0)

Generally opposed

37.0

(32.4)

(32.5)

Opposed

23.8

(30.3)

(25.0)

Don’t know

5.6

(5.8)

(6.0)

In favor (total)

33.6

(31.6)

(36.5)

Opposed (total)

60.8

(62.6)

(57.6)

 

Polling methodology (February 2018): The survey was conducted over the four-day period of Feb. 9–12 through individual interviews. For the survey, a total of 2,000 people were sampled from among men and women, aged 18 and over, across the nation on a stratified two-stage random-sampling basis. Valid responses were received from 1,237 people for a valid response rate of 61.9%.

 

Polling methodology (February 2017): The survey was conducted over the four-day period of Feb. 10–13 through individual interviews. For the survey, a total of 2,000 people were sampled from among men and women, aged 18 and over, across the nation on a stratified two-stage random-sampling basis. Valid responses were received from 1,233 people for a valid response rate of 61.7%.

 

Polling methodology (February 2016): The survey was conducted over the four-day period of Feb. 11–14 through individual interviews. For the survey, a total of 2,000 people were sampled from among men and women, aged 20 and over, across the nation on a stratified two-stage random-sampling basis. Valid responses were received from 1,258 people for a valid response rate of 62.9%.

 

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