The Nikkei-TV Tokyo survey [conducted on Oct. 25–27] probed views on what stance the Japanese government should take on relations with South Korea. A plurality of 69% of respondents said that “there is no need to rush to improve relations if that requires making concessions.” Only 19% said that “it is inevitable that Japan will compromise in order to improve relations.” Some 75% of cabinet supporters and 64% of cabinet nonsupporters said that “there is no need to rush to improve relations if that requires making concessions.”
In the poll conducted on Aug. 30–Sept. 1, some 67% said in response to the same question that “there is no need to rush to improve relations if that requires making concessions.” Japan-ROK relations are cooling due to the Japanese government’s strengthening of export controls on semiconductor materials bound for South Korea and South Korea’s decision to abrogate the Japan-South Korea General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA).
[The nationwide poll was conducted on Oct. 25–27 by Nikkei Research Inc. via random-digit dialing (RDD) by calling both landlines and mobile phones. It drew 1,029 responses from those 18 and older, for a 48.6% response rate.]