Survey: 73 percent of Japanese do not trust TEPCO

May 27, 2011

Seventy-three percent of Japanese do not think information provided by TEPCO about its Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, is reliable, far above the 15 percent who said they thought the utility was credible, an Asahi Shimbun survey found.

Of the 34 percent who said they favor nuclear power generation, only 24 percent said they trust Tokyo Electric Power Co.

Asked the degree to which the central government is responsible for the crisis at the plant, 60 percent said the government is greatly responsible, while 34 percent said it holds some responsibility.

The latest telephone survey, conducted nationwide May 21-22, obtained responses from 2,059 randomly selected eligible voters in 3,455 households, with the exception of parts of the three quake-stricken prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima.

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Tokyo Electric Power Co. executives apologize to people who evacuated following the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant accident at a shelter in Kashiwazaki, Niigata Prefecture, on March 31. (Koji Shimizu)

Tokyo Electric Power Co. executives apologize to people who evacuated following the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant accident at a shelter in Kashiwazaki, Niigata Prefecture, on March 31. (Koji Shimizu)

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  • Tokyo Electric Power Co. executives apologize to people who evacuated following the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant accident at a shelter in Kashiwazaki, Niigata Prefecture, on March 31. (Koji Shimizu)

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