Tokyo, Jan. 30 (Jiji Press)–The number of people who migrated from three disaster-hit northeastern Japan prefectures exceeded that of those who moved to the prefectures by 41,226 in 2011, the internal affairs ministry said Monday.
The figure topped 40,000 for the first time since 1970 when many people moved to urban areas for jobs amid the country’s rapid economic growth.
Fukushima, home to a disaster-crippled nuclear power station, saw a net exodus of 31,381 as the number of departures grew by 21,759, or about 70 pct, from the previous year, the highest growth rate since 1954 when the survey began.
Net departures rose by 8,826 to 9,040 for those aged zero to 14 and by 10,491 to 11,142 for those aged 25 to 44.
Of the two other prefectures most severely affected by the March 11 disaster, net migration stood at 3,443 for Iwate and 6,402 for Miyagi.