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Nearly 30 percent of the nation’s municipalities had not completed seismic reinforcement work on their main buildings as of the end of 2017, a survey by the internal affairs ministry shows.

Of the 494 municipalities whose buildings fail to meet earthquake-resistance standards, 346 plan to conduct quake-proofing work, make new buildings or relocate. The remaining 148 have not decided what to do. Collectively, the laggards account for 28.4 percent of the 1,741 municipal governments in Japan.

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