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59% approve of gov’t efforts for hostage crisis

  • 2015-01-27 15:00:00
  • , Sankei
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(Sankei: January 27, 2015—p. 1)


 The Sankei Shimbun and Fuji News Network (FNN) jointly conducted a public opinion survey across the nation on Jan. 24-25. In the survey, respondents were asked whether they think Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his administration are making sufficient efforts in their response to the “Islamic State,” which killed one of two Japanese hostages and is threatening to kill the other Japanese hostage. In the breakdown of answers to this question, affirmative answers substantially outnumbered negative ones, with “yes” accounting for a total of 58.9% and “no” for a total of 26.8%. The Abe cabinet’s support rate was 51.4%, up 1.1 percentage points from the last survey conducted Dec. 24-25 last year. The nonsupport rate was 34.4%, up 0.6 points.


 In the survey, respondents were also asked whether they feel uneasy about the possibility of Islamic radicals carrying out terrorist attacks in Japan in the near future. In response to this question, a total of 52.5% answered “yes,” with a total of 24.2% saying “no.” The “Islamic State” initially demanded a ransom payment of 200 million dollars (approximately 23.6 billion yen) from the Japanese government as a condition for releasing the two Japanese hostages. In this regard, respondents were asked whether they think the government should pay the ransom. To this question, “no” accounted for a majority of 67.3%, with “yes” for a total of 18.8%.


 In the breakdown of public support for political parties, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party of Japan stood at 39.4%, down 5.2 points from the last survey, and the leading opposition Democratic Party of Japan also leveled off at 11.2%, down 0.2 points. The Japan Innovation Party was at 7.6%, up 0.6 points.




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