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Significant changes in Japanese citizens' attitudes since March 11 catastrophe: Survey.

Tokyo, Sept 25(ANI): A new survey has shown that Japanese citizens' attitudes have changed significantly since the March 11 "triple disaster" of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident.

The survey, carried out by members of the Soka Gakkai student division in Japan's Tohoku region, showed that while seeking employment, 23.2 percent respondents key purpose had been earning money, 18.8 percent aimed at "helping others" and 17.7 percent aimed at "attaining a stable life".

About 19.9 percent respondents said their views on nuclear power had changed, 18.1 percent admitted a shift in their perspective of helping others and 17.7 percent said a change in their appreciation for the daily life basics.

About 45 percent said the March 11 catastrophe had strengthened links between people, 34.2 percent said they had realized the need for disaster preparedness and 21.1 percent highlighted the importance of caring for others, Japan Today reports.

"This is an important survey, and rare in that the students initiated it themselves. Through this disaster, people have learned the importance of trusting and relying on each other. I feel this is extremely important for the future of Japanese society," Tohoku University Graduate School of Information Sciences Professor Toshiaki Muramoto said.

The survey was conducted between July 1 and August 21,and interviewed 511 students from 47 universities in Miyagi, Fukushima and Iwate (the three most directly affected prefectures), Aomori, Akita and Yamagata. (ANI)

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Date:Sep 25, 2011
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