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About half of tsunami debris has been disposed of, gov't says

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The Environment Ministry said Monday that around half of the Tohoku tsunami debris has been disposed of or moved from the area since the devastating earthquake and tsunami struck the region two years ago.

The ministry made its announcement to coincide with the two-year anniversary of the disaster. Construction contractors have moved some 5,630,000 tons of debris from Miyagi Prefecture, 142,000 tons from Iwate Prefecture and 490,000 tons from Fukushima Prefecture, the ministry said on its website. In total, there is believed to be around 16,280,000 tons to deal with, of which 7,540,000 tons have now been moved or incinerated.

A ministry spokesman said Monday that moving radioactive material has been a slower process. However, he added that removal of radioactive waste is proceeding in four areas -- Tamura, Naraha, Kawauchi and Iitate.

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Well it's nice to know that at least the government can be counted on for taking out the trash. Now how about helping the people.

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7,540,000 tons have now been moved or incinerated

And yet our air pollution comes from China?

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There are still around 1.5 million tons of plastic and other objects floating in the ocean.

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NHK said only 35% had been dealt with on the news last night.

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Half is somewhere out to sea. Good that they are tidying up (its what J-folk are best at) but not sure how they are going to decontaminate the area. and when any meaningful rebuilding will begin.

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NHK said only 35% had been dealt with on the news last night.

NHK must be counting ALL the debris - including the debris in the ocean - and the Environment Ministry must be counting only the debris that remained on land.

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