” FUKUSHIMA (Jiji Press) — Ahead of the fifth anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear crisis in March 2011, the number of residents of the northeastern Japan prefecture who are still living as evacuees has fallen below 100,000, a survey by the prefectural government revealed Friday.
According to the survey, 56,463 evacuees were staying within Fukushima Prefecture as of the end of December, while 43,497 evacuees were outside the prefecture as of Dec. 10. The whereabouts of 31 evacuees were unknown.
The total figure came to 99,991 in the December survey, down from 121,585 in January last year.
The total peaked at 164,865 in May 2012, two months after Japan’s worst nuclear accident occurred at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s tsunami-crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power station. ”