The government should consider reusing debris and other materials as it takes less time than incineration or putting it in a landfill.

Prof. Toshiaki Yoshioka of Tohoku University, an expert in recycling engineering. Only about 10-30% of debris and other waste from the Great East Japan Earthquake has been disposed of in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures. (Yomiuri Shimbun)

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    Ah, but this is Japan were "used" is a dirty word. No-one wants to have a "used" car or a "used" tv set. Even "old" is a bad word. I get questions all the time about why I'm still using an old cellphone, and I explain that it still works and does everything I want, so why should I upgrade unnecessarily... and am met with blank, uncomprehending looks. The idea that someone might be satisfied with something old is just completely incomprehensible to many Japanese people.

    It is a wasteful mindset, and while everyone could afford new and shiny stuff during the bubble economy I think that the Japanese need to shift paradigm if they're going to cope financially.

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    The total amount of waste was under estimated with new figures of 30 million tons and the gov't deadline of the end of 2014 for its disposal is unlikely to be achieved. Would this also include recycling waste contaminated by radiation?

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