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Memberships of fisheries cooperatives in the three prefectures of northeastern Japan hit hardest by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami tumbled 24.4% in the years after the disasters, in a decline sharper than that seen in the national average, a Kyodo News tally based on data from their unions showed Thursday.

The sharp decrease came as members abandoned the industry after losing their homes or fishing boats in the massive tsunami or because of evacuating their hometowns due to the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear crisis, officials at the cooperatives said.

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