Results of an opinion poll of people evacuated from the municipalities of Kawamata, Tomioka, Okuma, Futaba, Namie and Iitate (based on Reconstruction Agency survey results, 2015).
|Reasons given for choosing not to return if the evacuation order were lifted right now (multiple choice). [Based on survey conducted by the Reconstruction Agency in 2015] [Question: Why won’t you return once the evacuation order is lifted?]||Number of responses out of 8775 respondents multiple answers||%|
|Absence or lack of medical infrastructure||5219||59|
|Absence or lack of commercial infrastructure||4813||55|
|Concern about the safety of tap water*||4668||53|
|Deterioration or destruction of the house||4366||50|
|Concern about the safety of nuclear power plants||4342||49|
|Radioactivity, potential dose or ambient dose rates too high*||4308||49|
|Daily life is more convenient at the evacuation site||3549||40|
|Nostalgia for traditions, festivals, nature (“we’re not going back to the way things were”)||3403||39|
|Lack of care services for the elderly [responses from the elderly].||3186||36|
|Fear for loneliness (family, friends and former neighbours have left the area)||2860||33|
|Absence or lack of transport infrastructure||2588||29|
|Access to the former living place is now too difficult||2456||28|
|Lack of job prospects||2315||26|
|Lack of care services and nursing homes||2294||26|
|School closure, lack of school or educational facilities||1790||20|
|New life has begun (“I will not come back no matter how things will evolve”)||1587||18|
|School much better at the evacuation site||1497||17|
|Concern about the safety of radioactive waste storage or disposal sites*||1315||15|
|Loss of occupational (farming) activity||1196||14|
|New job found at the evacuation site||1172||13|
|Loss of occupational (industry, trade) activity||1154||13|
|Preference for the evacuation site||1107||13|
|Might change mind||584||7|
|New home purchased||492||6|
|Risk of tsunami or earthquake in the future||297||3|
|Contamination of forests or rivers*||220||3|
|Presence of waste storage sites or ISF*||215||2|
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