print PRINT

POLITICS

70% focus on “regional revitalization,” “depopulation” in local elections

  • 2015-03-20 15:00:00
  • , Yomiuri
  • Translation

(Yomiuri: March 20, 2015 – p. 2)

 

 The Yomiuri Shimbun conducted a nationwide questionnaire survey of local government leaders. In the survey, they were asked what issues they think should be focused on in this April’s nationwide local elections. In response to this question, more than 70% of the local leaders cited “regional revitalization” and “depopulation.” These two issues accounted for a higher percentage among local public entities with smaller populations.

 

 The survey was carried out online from mid-February through mid-March, targeting the governors of the nation’s 47 prefectures and the mayors of 1,747 municipalities broken down into cities, wards, towns, and villages. The response rate was 87%. In the survey, respondents were asked, with multiple answers allowed, what issues they think should be focused on in the local elections. To this question, responses were received from 1,557 local leaders. In their breakdown, 72% chose regional revitalization and 71% cited depopulation. Among the mayors of municipalities with populations of less than 10,000, regional revitalization accounted for a total of 75% and depopulation for a total of 79%. Among the mayors of municipalities with populations of more than 500,000, regional revitalization accounted for a total of 53% and depopulation for a total of 50%. These two issues accounted for a higher percentage among municipalities with smaller populations. (Abridged)

 

 

  • Ambassador
  • Ukraine
  • OPINION POLLS
  • COVID-19
  • Trending Japan