Tokyo, Sept. 13 (Jiji Press)–A majority of people in Japan oppose granting pardons for certain crimes to mark the enthronement of Emperor Naruhito earlier this year, a Jiji Press opinion survey showed.
The poll showed that 54.2 pct of respondents oppose such pardons, while 20.5 pct support them and 25.3 pct said they are not sure. The survey was conducted for four days through Monday.
The Japanese government is considering granting pardons as early as this autumn to commemorate the May 1 enthronement of the new Emperor. It is expected to limit the measure to minor crimes in consideration for the feelings of victims.
In the past, Japanese authorities granted pardons on occasions, including the death of Emperor Hirohito, posthumously called Emperor Showa, in 1989.
Majorities oppose the proposed pardons among voters who back respectively the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner, Komeito, as well as the major opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan and the Japanese Communist Party.
The share of respondents who oppose the pardons topped 80 pct among voters supportive of Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Innovation Party). No Nippon Ishin supporters were in favor of the measure.
Those opposing the pardons came to 54.4 pct among voters with no particular favorite political party.
The survey also found that 77.1 pct have no plans to make bulk purchases before the consumption tax is raised from 8 pct to 10 pct on Oct. 1, far higher than the 18.4 pct who have such plans.
The interview-based survey covered 2,000 people aged 18 or older across Japan. Of them, 62.3 pct gave valid responses.