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"Social Isolation of Evacuees in Fukushima" (in Japanese)

Masahiro Shoji () and Takayuki Akaike
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Takayuki Akaike: Iwaki Liaison Council to Support the Disaster-Victims of 3.11

No CIRJE-J-257, CIRJE J-Series from CIRJE, Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo

Abstract: This study uncovers the issue of social isolation of the evacuees in Fukushima by using unique survey data collected from 569 households who evacuated temporary housing. The data show that 30% of the respondents could not have conversation with their neighbor s at all when they moved to the housing, and 60% could communicate with less than three. While the situation has been improved and the proportion of the respondents who communicate with less than three neighbors is 25% as of September 2013, still 5% do not ta lk with anybody. It is shown that young and introversive individuals as well as those who moved to the housing later than their neighbors and who did not know anybody when they moved are more likely to be isolated. I also find that the severity of social isolation significantly depends on the supporti ng activity by community leaders and supporting organizations. Give n these findings, this study attempts seven recommendations.

Pages: 37 pages
Date: 2014-02
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