Nihon Yoron Chosakai, a nationwide public opinion polling entity managed by Kyodo News and comprising 38 of its subscribers including the Tokyo Shimbun, conducted a nationwide public opinion survey on healthcare on June 9–10 through face-to-face interviews. The proposal to revise the Health Promotion Act to strengthen countermeasures against second-hand smoking in indoor public places includes a provision to allow smoking at existing restaurants and bars whose floor space is up to 100 square meters on an exceptional basis. Asked for their views on this, 56% of respondents said that stricter regulations are necessary. The bill has been passed by the Lower House and is likely to be enacted during the current Diet session. (Abridged)
Note: Figures have been rounded off.
[Polling methodology: The survey was implemented on June 9–10 based on face-to-face interviews conducted by pollsters. A total of 3,000 men and women aged 18 or over were randomly selected nationwide from 250 locations on a stratified two-stage random-sampling basis to create a cross-section of Japan’s slightly more than 100 million voters. However, the survey excluded some areas of Kumamoto Prefecture and some areas of the three prefectures severely impacted by the Great East Japan Earthquake. Responses were received from 1,653 people, and the valid response rate was 55.1%.]