(Okinawa Times: June 17, 2015—p. 3)
Ahead of Okinawa Memorial Day, the Okinawa Times conducted a public opinion survey in Okinawa Prefecture with the Asahi Shimbun and Ryukyu Asahi Broadcasting (QAB). When asked about basing issues, a total of more than 70% approved of Okinawa Prefecture’s Gov. Takeshi Onaga’s recent visit to the United States. Okinawa’s population still shows a strong tendency to oppose relocating the U.S. military’s Futenma airfield to Henoko, Nago city. Those who support the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan are in favor of relocating Futenma airfield somewhere else. Even among them, however, public opinion is split when it comes to the issue of relocating Futenma airfield to Henoko. Meanwhile, respondents were also asked whether they think Gov. Onaga should revoke his immediate predecessor’s approval of the government’s proposed landfill work in waters off Henoko. In response to this question as well, negative answers accounted for a total of over 50%.
Gov. Onaga recently wound up his U.S. visit. During his stay in Washington, Gov. Onaga appealed on his standpoint of opposing Futenma relocation to Henoko. In the survey, respondents were asked whether they approve of this U.S. visit. To this question, a total of 73.3% answered “yes,” with a total of 19.3% saying “no.”
Among men, “yes” accounted for 70%, with “no” at 24%. Among women, “yes” added up to 77%, with “no” at no more than 14%.
Broken down into age groups, “yes” tended to rise among older generations. It was at 67% among those in their 20s, 72% among those in their 30s, and 73% among those in their 40s. The highest figure was among those in their 50s and 60s, shooting up to 79%. Among those aged 70 and over, it was at 70%.
“No” was high among younger generations. The highest figure was among those in their 20s, reaching 29%. It was at 20% among those in their 30s, 19% among those in their 40s, and 16% among those in their 50s. The lowest figure was among those in their 60, staying at 15%. Among those aged 70 and over, it was at 18%.
Among those in favor of maintaining the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty, 67% approved of Gov. Onaga’s U.S. visit, with 27% disapproving of it. Among those thinking it’s necessary for Japan to maintain its bilateral security arrangements with the United States, the proportion of opinions affirmative of the governor’s U.S. visit was relatively high.
Meanwhile, among LDP supporters, 50% approved of the governor’s U.S. visit, with 45% disapproving of it. The proportion of those with no particular party affiliation was higher than that of those supporting political parties. Among those floating voters, 78% approved of the governor’s U.S. visit, with only 14% disapproving of it.