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Only 55% say they will evacuate to evacuation center at time of major disaster, Nihon Yoron Chosakai poll on disaster mitigation

  • February 28, 2021
  • , Tokyo Shimbun , p. 3
  • JMH Translation

In advance of the 10th anniversary of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, Nihon Yoron Chosakai conducted a nationwide mail-in poll to probe views on disaster mitigation. Asked what they would do if asked to evacuate in the event of a major disaster, 55% said they would evacuate to an evacuation center, 32% said they would remain home, and 12% said that they would evacuate to a hotel or to the home of a relative, acquaintance, or friend. The findings reveal that views on evacuation destinations at the time of a large-scale disaster have diversified as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The poll results were announced on Feb. 27. (Abridged)


[Polling methodology: A total of 3,000 men and women aged 18 or over were randomly selected nationwide from 250 locations on a stratified two-stage random-sampling basis to create a cross-section of Japan’s slightly more than 100 million voters. On Jan. 14, 2021, questionnaires were sent out by postal mail, and 2,048 completed questionnaires had been returned as of Feb. 22. Valid responses were received from 1,970 people, excluding questionnaires completed improperly or by persons other than the intended voter. The valid response rate was 65.7%. The makeup of the polling sample was as follows: male, 48.1%; female, 51.9%. Sections of Fukushima Prefecture heavily impacted by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake were excluded from the survey pool.]


[Nihon Yoron Chosakai is a nationwide public opinion polling entity managed by Kyodo News and comprising 38 of its subscribers including the Tokyo Shimbun.]

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