According to the NHK public opinion survey [for the month of October], 55% of respondents said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe “should hold a summit with Workers’ Party of Korea Chairman Kim Jong Un as soon as possible,” 19% said “the premier should not rush to do so,” and 18% said they are “undecided.” Prime Minister Abe has expressed interest in meeting with the North Korean leader to resolve the abductions issue.
The nationwide survey was conducted by NHK from Oct. 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 1,271 of the 2,172 people polled. The valid response rate was 59%.
At his meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, Prime Minister Abe agreed that new bilateral negotiations, including tariffs on agricultural products among other items, will be launched and that tariffs on Japanese auto imports will not be raised during the negotiations. Some 9% said they “think very highly” of the development and 47% said they “think highly of it,” while 24% said they “do not view it very highly” and 8% said they said they “do not view it highly at all.”
New Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki, who assumed office after winning the recent gubernatorial election, is opposed to the plan to relocate MCAS Futenma to the Henoko district of Nago, but the government plans to move forward with the relocation as scheduled. Some 23% of pollees said they are “in favor” of the government’s plan, while 32% said they are “opposed,” and 36% said they are “undecided.”