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89 pct of Japanese interested in plastic waste issues, gov’t survey

  • October 25, 2019
  • , Jiji Press , 5:36 p.m.
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Tokyo, Oct. 25 (Jiji Press)–A Cabinet Office survey showed Friday that 89.0 pct of people in Japan are interested in marine pollution caused by plastic waste and other environmental issues.


According to the government survey, 33.5 pct of the respondents are “very” interested in plastic waste problems and 55.5 pct are interested in the issues “to some extent.”


The proportion of those who are “not very concerned” with and having “no interest” in the problems came to 9.1 pct and 1.7 pct, respectively.


Asked about excessive services using plastics, with multiple answers allowed, disposable small containers and ornaments for “bento” boxed meals were cited by 50.3 pct, shopping bags by 50.1 pct, wrapping and cushioning materials for mail-order items by 45.8 pct, and straws and stir sticks for drinks by 44.8 pct.


In the survey, 78.2 pct said they know that marine creatures would die or be hurt by swallowing or being tangled in plastic waste. But only 21.5 pct said they are aware that microplastics contained in toothpaste and other goods are flowing into the ocean.


The interview-based survey was conducted between Aug. 22 and Sept. 1 across the country, covering 3,000 people aged 18 or over. Valid answers were given by 1,667 of them.

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