Sunday’s Mainichi and Sankei wrote that 73.9% of the respondents said in a GOJ survey conducted from June through July that they are more or less satisfied with their current lives. This was 3.8 points higher than the results of last year and the highest since the Cabinet Office launched its annual “Public Opinion Survey on the Life of the People” in 1963. Some 51.3%, up 3.2 points, said they are satisfied with their income levels, while 46.9%, down 2.7 points, said they are dissatisfied.
Yomiuri and Nikkei wrote that when asked what kind of issues they want the government to work on, 65.1%, up 0.7 points, cited medical care and social security. Some 36.2%, up 4.3 points, mentioned national defense and security. The paper speculated that concern over the situation on the Korean Peninsula led to the increase in public interest in security issues.