(Sankei: April 28, 2015—p. 2)
The Sankei Shimbun and Fuji News Network (FNN) jointly conducted a public opinion survey across the nation on April 25-26. In the survey, respondents were asked about Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s plan to release a statement this summer to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the war’s end. Abe has expressed the hope to release a future-oriented statement without sticking to incorporating such wording as “colonial rule and aggression” in the statement. In this regard, a total of 60.1% said “yes” when asked whether or not they approve of this, with a total of 29.8% saying “no.”
In the breakdown of answers to the question about the prime minister’s stance on his 70th anniversary statement, 67.8% of men and 55.7% of women answered in the affirmative. Affirmative answers outnumbered negative ones across generations.
Meanwhile, respondents were asked whether they approve of amending Japan’s postwar constitution. In response to this question, affirmative answers accounted for a total of 40.8%, with negative ones for a total of 47.8%. Respondents were also asked whether they approve of passing a package of security-related legislative measures, including a bill allowing Japan to exercise its right of collective self-defense, during the current Diet session. To this question, “yes” accounted for a total of 36.2%, up 5.1 percentage points from the last survey in March. “No” accounted for a total of 49.5%. Respondents were further asked whether they approve of the government’s plan to relocate the U.S. military’s Futenma airfield from its current location in Okinawa Prefecture’s central city of Ginowan to the Henoko district of the prefecture’s northern coastal city of Nago. In the breakdown of answers to this question, negative answers outnumbered affirmative ones, with “no” accounting for a total of 44.7% and “yes” for a total of 39.9%.
The Abe cabinet’s support rate was 50.2%, down 3.4 points from the last survey in March. The nonsupport rate was 35.9%. (Abridged)