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69% “not satisfied” with ROK Supreme Court ruling on “forced laborers,” NHK public opinion poll

  • November 13, 2018
  • , NHK digital , 7:23 a.m.
  • JMH Translation

According to the NHK public opinion survey [for the month of November], 69% of respondents are “not satisfied” with the South Korean Supreme Court ruling ordering a Japanese company to pay compensation in relation to “forced labor” performed during the Pacific War. Meanwhile, 2% said that they are “satisfied” with it and 19% said that they are “undecided.”


The nationwide survey was conducted by NHK from Nov. 9 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 1,215 of the 2,133 people polled. The valid response rate was 57%.


A majority of 56% said that Japan “should bring the case to the International Court of Justice” if the South Korean government does not take appropriate measures. Some 5% said that “is not necessary” while 25% said that they are “undecided.”


With the aim of reforming social security so people of all ages can have peace of mind, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has indicated the desire to raise the age for continued employment so that those who so wish can continue working through age 70. Some 50% of people said that they are “in favor” of this while 15% said they are “opposed” and 27% said they are “undecided.”

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