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29% say “no need” for DP, CDPJ, and Party of Hope to form joint parliamentary group, NHK public opinion poll

The NHK public opinion poll asked respondents what they think of the Democratic Party’s sounding out the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan and the Party of Hope about forming a joint parliamentary group with an eye on the ordinary Diet session. Some 15% of respondents said the parties “should form a group,” while 29% thought “there is no need” and 49% said they “can’t say either way.”


The nationwide survey was conducted by NHK from Jan. 6 over three days on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis and targeted men and women aged 18 or over with calls placed to landline and mobile phone numbers. Valid responses were received from a total of 1,256 persons out of the 2,182 people polled. The valid response rate was 58%.


The Nikkei average marked a fresh 26-year closing high in trading at the start of the new year. Asked if they have a tangible sense of economic recovery, some 2% said they “sense it very much” and 15% said they “sense it somewhat,” while 44% said they “do not sense it much” and 32% said they “do not sense it at all.”


A powerful internal council of the Japan Sumo Association has decided to dismiss stablemaster Takanohana as a board member, saying he bears heavy responsibility for failing to report to the association former sumo grand champion Harumafuji’s assault of a lower-ranked wrestler, despite the fact that a report had been filed with the police. Some 33% of respondents said they think the decision is “appropriate” while 22% deemed it “too harsh,” 5% thought it “too light,” and 28% said “dismissal was not necessary.”

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