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Fukushima Anniversary

Tsunami zones flagged in just 30% of Japan's danger areas

Locals balk at official designations, citing hit to property values

Entire sections of cities have been relocated to higher ground in some cases, such as Higashi-matsushima in Miyagi Prefecture.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- A decade after the earthquake and tsunami that devastated northeastern Japan, the government has made little progress on designating vulnerable areas amid fears by residents that property values will decline.

Legislation passed after the 2011 disaster aims to better prepare areas for tsunami crises. But of the 40 prefectures facing tsunami risks, only 11 have completed the process of designating tsunami warning zones under the act, according to the land ministry.

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