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Poll: 53% see no need to hurry rapprochement with China

Monday’s Nikkei wrote that in its nationwide public opinion survey conducted on Nov. 24-26, 53% of respondents said that it is not necessary for Japan to hurry to improve relations with China if Tokyo has to make concessions. Some 32% said that Japan may have to make concessions if doing so serves to improve ties with Beijing. Asked how the international community should deal with North Korea’s continued nuclear and missile development, 53% chose strengthened economic sanctions and 31% favored dialogue as a means of resolving the issue, and 9% said military action should be considered. The same poll showed that the approval rating of the Abe cabinet stood at 52%, down 2 points from the previous survey on Nov. 1-2. Disapproval remained almost flat, up 1 point to 39%.

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