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Friday, 6th May 2011
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Foreign residents keen to stay in Japan, survey finds

The vast majority of foreigners living or studying in Japan are keen to stay in the country, despite the March 11th earthquake, a survey has shown.

More than 90 per cent of survey respondents told the International Foreign Students Association that they had no plans to leave as a result of the natural disaster, the Associated Press reports.

Reasons given ranged from the simplistic ("because I like Japan") to the more profound, with one respondent saying: "At a time like this, I think I want to work together [with the Japanese] to help the recovery."

Coverage of the earthquake, tsunami and the subsequent nuclear emergency was found to be patchy, with 73 per cent saying that they saw information gaps between their home countries and the reality in Japan.

However, some concerns were voiced over the lack of multi-lingual information issued in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake.

Written by Kimberley Homer

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