(Tokyo Shimbun: November 30, 2015 – p. 2)
According to a nationwide public opinion poll conducted by telephone by Kyodo News on Nov. 28 and 29, a total of 79.7% of respondents indicated “yes” or “generally yes” when asked if terrorist attacks of the kind that occurred in France could happen in Japan. More than half of respondents – 56.3% – said that it was “not right” for the Abe administration not to hold an extraordinary session of the Diet.
Bringing into the relief the persistent anxiety among the public regarding terrorism, the survey indicates that the Abe administration is being asked to take thoroughgoing measures to counter terrorism. Regarding government-led domestic measures against terrorism, a total of 46.2% of respondents said that the government should “strengthen immigration screening to prevent terrorism at the borders.”
A total of 48.3% of respondents indicated support of the Abe cabinet, an increase of 3.5 percentage points from the previous survey in October. The nonapproval rate was 40.4%. (Abridged)