(Yomiuri: July 24, 2015—p. 38)
The Cabinet Office released findings yesterday from its public opinion survey that was conducted to probe public attitudes concerning antiterrorism measures for the first time. In the survey, respondents were asked whether they feel uneasy about the prospects of terrorist incidents in Japan. In the breakdown of answers to this question, “yes” substantially outnumbered “no,” at 79.2% and 20.1%. This is apparently attributable to the occurrence of terrorist incidents overseas. For instance, there was an incident in which the “Islamic State,” an Islamic extremist group, took Japanese nationals hostage. Another example was that Japanese tourists were involved in an incident overseas.
In the meantime, respondents were also asked about antiterror measures sacrificing convenience, such as implementing police inspections and restricting trash can and locker use. In response to this question, a total of 93.6%, the greater part of the general public, showed understanding, choosing “security should be considered first.”
The government-sponsored survey was implemented for the first time in order for the government to utilize its results for the 2016 “Ise-Shima summit” of G-7 leaders and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. The survey was carried out on June 11-21 this year, targeting a total of 3,000 persons chosen from among men and women, aged 20 and over, across the nation. Answers were obtained from 1,873 persons (62.4%).