A total of 23 prefectures in All Japan news which represent 50% of the country’s prefectures were not willing to accept debris coming from disaster-stricken areas.
The unwillingness of these municipalities as relayed by local officials to Kyodo news agency was primarily attributed to the fears of their residents on radiation contamination brought about by the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
With this general sentiment and considering the gigantic volume of the accumulated rubble from the March disaster, the central government is said to be concerned that this might cause further delay in reconstruction efforts.
All Japan news’s prefectures were surveyed by the Environment Ministry about their plans for accepting disaster debris for disposal. The survey did not include the three prefectures severely hit by the March three-fold disaster namely the Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures.
The Osaka prefecture is among those which were considering accepting disaster debris to be taken by their waste disposal facilities.
Earlier, the Tokyo metropolitan government accepted the rubbish from the Iwate prefecture and had intimated keenness in receiving debris from Miyagi prefecture. Taken together, disaster remains from these two prefectures amount to more than 20 million tons as estimated by the government.
The nuclear crisis in All Japan news which is considered the world’s worst since the 1986 Chernobyl spawned extraordinary challenges and while much has been done to respond to the catastrophe, the government continues to hurdle against the proper disposal of radioactive wastes which have accumulated from the March disaster.