The Environment Ministry has released data collected in a public opinion poll about environmental issues in which it claims that 88% of respondents agreed with plans to dispose of disaster debris from Iwate and Miyagi prefectures throughout Japan.
The government says that when 1,912 people were asked if the plan to dispose of debris nationwide should be carried out, 88.3% responded that it should be carried out or that carrying out the plan was better than not carrying it out, TV Asahi reported. Fukushima Prefecture was excluded from the survey due to concerns over radiation.
A ministry spokesman said: "We take these results as a sign that the people of Japan are gradually coming around to accepting the necessity of distributing the debris around the country. However, we acknowledge that it is difficult to say that the opinions of a survey group represent the opinions of the public as a whole."© Japan Today