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57% in favor of joint economic activities with Russia, Nikkei spot poll

At their summit meeting on Dec. 15–16, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed to launch consultations on joint economic activities between their two nations on the four islands of the Northern Territories. According to the Nikkei Inc./TV Tokyo spot public opinion poll [conducted on Dec. 28–29], 57% of respondents are in favor of this, easily outdistancing the 24% opposed. Looking at the approval rate by gender, more men than women were in favor of the joint activities at 63% and 48%, respectively.


Some 44% said that they approve of the recent Japan-Russia summit meeting while 38% thought otherwise.


When asked if they anticipate progress will made on the Northern Territories issue, some 57% said yes while 35% said no. By age group, some 67% of those in their 30s and 66% of those in their 40s were hopeful, while only 47% of those aged 70 or over were. The older the respondent, the more cautious they were about progress being made in the negotiations on this longstanding issue.


[Polling methodology: The telephone poll was conducted on Dec. 28–29 by Nikkei Research Inc. targeting men and women, aged 18 and over, nationwide on a random digit dialing (RDD) basis, including mobile phones [as well as landlines]. A total of 937 valid responses were received for a response rate of 44%.]

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