Monday evening’s Asahi front-paged the results of a nationwide telephone survey conducted on Aug. 6-7, which showed that 84% of the respondents were in favor of Emperor Akihito’s wish to abdicate in favor of his elder son. Only 5% were opposed. The survey also asked respondents their views about appointing a regent to perform state duties on behalf of the Emperor. A regent can be installed in the event of a serious accident befalling the Emperor, but the survey asked respondents whether a regent should be allowed for the purpose of reducing the burden on Emperor Akihito. Some 73% said they supported having a regent under that scenario, while 15% were opposed.