(Yomiuri: November 10, 2015 – p. 2)
The Yomiuri Shimbun conducted a telephone-based public opinion survey across the nation on Nov. 6-8. The rate of public support for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his cabinet was 51%, up 5 percentage points from the 46% rating in the last survey conducted Oct. 7-8, topping 50% for the first time in five months since this July’s survey. The nonsupport rate was 38% (45% in the last survey).
In the survey, respondents were asked whether they approve of the recent summit talks between the leaders of Japan and the Republic of Korea. In response to this question, a total of 76% answered “yes.” Respondents were also asked whether they approve of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. To this question as well, affirmative answers accounted for a total of 57% (59% in the last survey). The public’s positive view of the Abe cabinet on the diplomatic front seems to have boosted its support rate. Respondents were further asked whether they think Japan-ROK relations will improve. In the breakdown of answers to this question, however, negative answers outnumbered affirmative ones, with “no” adding up to a total of 47% and “yes” accounting for a total of 40%.
Meanwhile, respondents were asked whether they approve of the enacted security-related laws. To this question, “yes” rose to 40% from 36% in the last survey, with “no” at 47% (54% in the last survey). Respondents were also asked whether they approve of the Abe cabinet’s plan to relocate the U.S. military’s Futenma airfield in Okinawa Prefecture to the Henoko district of Nago of the island prefecture’s northern coastal city of Nago. To this question, “yes” and “no” were equal at 43%.
In the breakdown of public support for political parties, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party stood at 40% (39% in the last survey), followed by the leading opposition Democratic Party of Japan at 7% (10% in the last survey) and the Japanese Communist Party at 5% (3% in the last survey). “Osaka Ishin no Kai,” a new party formed by Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto and his allies, was at 2%, and the Japan Innovation Party was at 0%. (Slightly abridged)