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57% say Japan’s support for anti-ISIL operations should be in “nonmilitary areas only”

  • 2015-02-09 15:00:00
  • , Tokyo Shimbun
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(Tokyo Shimbun: February 8, 2015 – p. 3)


 Kyodo News conducted a telephone-based public opinion survey across the nation on Feb. 6-7. In the survey, respondents were asked about how Japan should cooperate with international efforts to combat the “Islamic State,” an extremist group in the Middle East. In response to this question, a total of 57.9% said Japan’s international cooperation should be limited to “nonmilitary areas.” Among other answers, “rear support” for the multinational coalition’s military operations accounted for 16.6%, followed by “funding cooperation” at 11.2% and “participation in the coalition’s military operations’ at 2.8%.


 In the survey, respondents were asked whether they approve of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his administration’s response to the hostage incident involving two Japanese nationals. To this question, “yes” and “yes to a certain degree” added up to a total of 60.8%, almost unchanged from the last survey conducted Jan. 25. The Abe cabinet’s support rate was 54.2%, up 1.4 percentage points from the last survey. The nonsupport rate was 32.5%, up 0.6 points.


 Meanwhile, Prime Minister Abe announced a plan on Jan. 17, during his tour of Middle East countries, to disburse 200 million dollars in aid to countries around the “Islamic State.” In the survey, respondents were asked what they think about this plan. To this question, “implement” accounted for 53.8%, followed by “downscale” at 18.0%, “call off” at 14.6%, and “expand” at 4.7%.


 The government is going to introduce a package of security-related legislative measures to the Diet during its current session, based on its cabinet decision allowing Japan to exercise the right of collective self-defense. Asked about this, a total of 54.9% said the Diet “should take time,” topping all other answers, followed by “it’s appropriate” at 22.8% and “there’s no need for such legislation” at 15.6%.


 In the breakdown of public support for political parties, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party of Japan stood at 39.0%, followed by the leading opposition Democratic Party of Japan at 7.4%, the Japan Innovation Party at 4.9%, the Komeito party at 2.8%, the Japanese Communist Party at 5.0%, the Social Democratic Party at 0.5%, the People’s Life Party at 0.7%, the Party for Future Generations at 0.7%, and the New Renaissance Party at 0.3%. None of the respondents named the Sunrise Party and the Assembly to Energize Japan. “None of the above,” or those with no particular party affiliation, accounted for 38.2%. (Abridged)

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