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25,606 people moved out of Fukushima in last 6 months, ministry says, japan times, 9/29/12

FUKUSHIMA —

The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said this week that the number of people moving out of Fukushima Prefecture in the last six months has reached 25,606, creating the highest recorded population exodus of any prefecture in that six-month period.

The number of people moving to the prefecture during the same time period was reported to be 14,054, creating a loss of 11,552 residents, a ministry spokesperson said, reporting on the results of a survey.

The ministry says the figure is a decrease on the number of people who left the prefecture immediately following the earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011, which is believed to have reached around 25,000. However, the figure is still around double that recorded before the earthquake and the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant began, NTV reported.

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from the u.s., recently moved from kobe to sendai, japan, researching community-based housing recovery after disaster.

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