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Japanese public pessimistic about DPRK denuclearization

Several Japanese media outlets released the results of their latest public opinion polls that pointed to mixed reactions among Japanese people about the outcome of the Singapore summit between President Trump and DPRK leader Kim. According to Yomiuri, 43% approved of the meeting while 47% did not. Only one out of four said they think the nuclear and missile standoff will be resolved as a result of the summit while 64% said otherwise. Almost three out of four were pessimistic about the settlement of the abduction issue despite the President’s reference to the matter in his meeting with Kim.  

 

On the other hand, about 73% reacted positively to the U.S.-North Korea summit in an Asahi survey, although only one out of four were optimistic about the prospects of denuclearization.  A Kyodo survey showed only 16% said they think that denuclearization will be achieved following the U.S.-DPRK summit, while almost 78% felt otherwise.

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