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Japanese PM delivers urgent tsunami debris plea as evacuees give up hope on returning home
Japan’s prime minister has made an urgent plea to the nation to accept the disposal of millions of tons of tsunami waste, as hundreds of evacuees concede that they may never return home. Shortly after the nation’s remembrance of the first anniversary of the disaster, Yoshihiko Noda, the prime minister, urged local government authorities across Japan to accept and help safely dispose of the accumulated 22.5 million tons of debris.
The issue is causing growing concern in Japan, with dozens of regions refusing to accept any of the tsunami-generated rubbish due to stiff opposition from residents concerned about radiation contamination.
In the meantime, mountains of cleared-up debris – including broken houses, smashed cars, splintered trees – are accumulating across the worst-hit prefectures Miyagi, Iwate and Fukushima, despite government reassurances that it poses no radiation threat to human health.
Speaking in a press conference, Mr Noda said: “The world lavished praise on the spirit of the Japanese for helping one another in the aftermath of the disaster.
“That Japanese psyche is being tested again. The processing of debris is a symbol of that.”
He added: “I urge the public to recognise that we are all directly involved in reconstruction.”