Most willing to accept disaster debris


A majority of Japanese are receptive to their municipalities accepting disaster debris for incineration, while 70 percent oppose hiking power rates to cover utilities’ higher thermal power fuel costs, a survey has found.

Jiji Press polled 4,000 adults nationwide between April 6 and 15 to gauge their views on local governments accepting tsunami debris and higher electricity bills, asking them to rank their responses on a scale of zero to 10.

Those opposed were instructed to rank their response from zero to 4, and those in favor from 6 to 10. A reading of 5 indicated a neutral stance. Of those canvassed, 1,232 provided valid responses.

According to the survey, 58.1 percent of respondents were in favor receiving debris shipments for incineration, and 26.1 percent selected the highest ranking of 10.

Those opposed to the idea came to 18.0 percent, while 21.0 percent expressed a neutral stance, the survey said, without providing a further breakdown.

By region, the average rating was significantly high in disaster-hit Tohoku, ranging from 7 to 8, and also in the Kanto region, centered on Tokyo. In western Japan, an average of between 5 and 6 was seen both in the Kinki region and Shikoku.

On utilities’ plans to raise electricity rates, around 69.9 percent of respondents were against the idea, the survey found. Among them, 32.2 percent expressed vehement opposition to the proposal, awarding it a zero ranking.

Only 11.5 percent said they support rate hikes, and about 18.0 percent were neutral on the matter, according to the survey.

The poll also inquired about the advisability of restarting suspended nuclear reactors, finding 56.9 percent of respondents opposed, 18.3 percent in favor, and 20.5 percent neutral on the contentious issue.