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60% of Japanese worried about IT crimes, Cabinet Office survey

  • November 26, 2017
  • , Mainichi , p. 6
  • JMH Translation

On November 25, the Cabinet Office released the findings of its Public Opinion Survey on Science and Technology. Asked what concerns they had in relation to the advancement of science and technology (multiple responses permitted), 61.0% of respondents said “cyberterrorism, unauthorized access, and other crimes involving information technologies.” The percentage surged by 17.2 points from the previous 2010 survey, which covered respondents aged 20 or over. The latest survey found that concerns over cybercrimes were particularly strong among respondents in their 40s to 60s.


The Public Opinion Survey on Science and Technology was conducted on Sept. 14–24 covering 3,000 people aged 18 or over across Japan. The valid response rate was 58.8%.


The most frequently given responses after “crimes involving information technologies” were “global environmental problems” at 52.2%, up by 1.5 points; “safety of genetically modified foods and nuclear power plants” at 49.5%, down 0.7 points; and “ethical issues, including the creation of cloned human beings and their use as weapons” at 43.7%, up 1.4 points.


For the first time in the history of the poll, respondents were asked whether they thought medical treatment technologies would advance thanks to science, technology, and innovation in regenerative medicine, including induced pluripotent stem cell (iPS cells). A total of 90.7% responded either “yes” or “generally yes.”


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