Sendai, Miyagi Pref., Feb. 10 (Jiji Press)–Nearly 4,000 companies in Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan, have been unable to resume operations since the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, a survey by the prefecture revealed Friday.
The survey covered a total of 38,786 member firms of commerce and industry groups in the prefecture as of Nov. 30.
Of the total, 1,117 firms were forced to stop their businesses, while 2,842 firms could not be contacted or have not decided whether to resume operations.
The number of such firms was particularly large in coastal areas ravaged by the tsunami.
About 30 pct of affected companies said they hoped to restart their businesses but have not yet been unable to do so.