Garbage on the beach

Published: Friday 30 June 2000

garbage washed ashore coasts are creating a major environmental problem in japan. A recent survey conducted by a professor of the National Defense Academy found that 400,000 pieces of garbage drifted ashore at 500 locations across the country over the past three years. This indicates that a massive amount of garbage is being washed up along the nation's coastline from Hokkaido to Okinawa Prefecture.

Hareyuki Yamaguchi, who specialises in environmental studies, found an average of 800 pieces of garbage per location. Conducted in February 1997, during the course of the survey it was discovered that coastal areas in the Kanto region and those in the Tohoku region along the Pacific Ocean were littered mainly with domestic rubbish.

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