[The Yomiuri Shimbun and the Gallup Organization, a U.S. polling company, conducted a telephone-based joint public opinion survey in Japan and the United States on Nov. 28–Dec. 4.]
During the presidential election campaign, Donald Trump said that Japan should cover more of the expenses for stationing the U.S. military in Japan. When asked how host nation support should be handled, 60% of respondents in Japan said “it should be maintained at the current level.” In the United States, however, slightly less than 50% of pollees said “it should be maintained at the current level” while slightly more than 40% said “it should be increased.” Japan currently pays about 760 billion yen a year for stationing the U.S. military in Japan. The Japanese government is required to try to gain the understanding of the new Trump administration.
During the U.S. election campaign, Trump said that he would allow Japan to have nuclear weapons to counter North Korea. Some 84% of Japanese said that they “disapprove” of the statement. In the United States, 67% of pollees said they “disapprove” of it while 31% said they “approve.”
Trump also said he will withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). When asked what kind of impact the TPP will have on their country, respondents in Japan were split with 16% saying “a positive impact” and 18% saying “a negative impact.” In the United States, however, those seeing the TPP as having “a negative impact” outnumbered those saying “a positive impact,” 29% to 14%.