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Opinion poll & results from Nihon Yoron Chosakai poll

  • January 6, 2020
  • , Tokyo Shimbun , p. 7
  • JMH Translation

Questions & answers (%)

 

Q1: The Japanese government aims to create up to three integrated resorts (IRs) in Japan. Each integrated resort will be comprised of a casino where visitors can gamble, an international convention center, exhibition halls, and hotels. Are you familiar with this government initiative?

 

Very familiar

48.5

Somewhat familiar

34.4

Not very familiar

13.2

Not familiar

3.5

Don’t know (D/K) + No answer (N/A)

0.4

 

Q2: Are you in favor of or opposed to the creation in Japan of IRs with casinos?

 

In favor

31.7

Opposed

64.4

D/K + N/A

3.9

 

Q3: (Only to those who answered “in favor” to Q2) Why are you in favor? Select up to two responses. (No. of respondents: 477)

 

IRs will lead to more foreign tourists coming to Japan

33.8

IRs will lead to economic revitalization and job creation through tourism promotion

66.0

More international conferences and other large-scale events will be held in Japan

4.0

IRs will lead to increased tax revenues for the central and local governments

44.7

Infrastructure in the host city and the surrounding area will be developed

18.7

There will be more entertainment opportunities

10.7

Japanese will not have to go overseas to go to a casino

4.8

Other answers (O/A)

0.6

D/K + N/A

0.2

 

Q4: (Only to those who answered “opposed” to Q2) Why are you opposed? Select up to two responses. (No. of respondents: 969)

 

More people will become addicted to gambling

63.5

The IRs will have a bad influence on minors

37.0

They will be used for money laundering and other crimes

13.1

IRs will lead to a worsening of the living environment, including a deterioration in public safety and traffic congestion

47.8

It is unlikely that more foreign tourists will come to Japan

9.8

IRs will degrade Japan’s image

8.9

Only the host city and the surrounding area will reap the benefits of the creation of new jobs

6.9

O/A

1.3

D/K + N/A

0.7

 

Q5: The government will select the cities to host IRs. What do you think the government should prioritize in deciding the sites? Select up to two responses.

 

Transportation access

13.1

Economic impact

34.5

Appeal of the facilities overall

6.9

Earnings outlook

13.0

Credibility of the operators

26.1

Measures to counter gambling addiction

37.6

Understanding of area residents

50.1

O/A

0.8

D/K + N/A

3.6

 

Q6: Are you in favor of or opposed to the creation of an IR with a casino in the municipality where you live or in an area you frequent?

 

In favor

19.9

Opposed

77.4

D/K + N/A

2.7

 

Q7: The government plans to allow up to three IRs with casinos and is thinking about increasing the number in the future. Do you think the number of IRs should be increased from three, left unchanged at three, or decreased to one or two, or do you think casinos should be eliminated?  

 

Increased from three

7.0

Left unchanged at three

31.5

Decreased to one or two

17.5

Casinos should be eliminated

40.7

D/K + N/A

3.3

 

Q8: To combat gambling addiction, the government aims to take the following countermeasures for Japanese users of casinos: Limiting entry to three times a week and 10 times a month and charging a fee of 6,000 yen per entry. Do you think these countermeasures will be effective?

 

The measures will be adequately effective

3.8

They will be effective to a certain degree

27.0

They will not be very effective

41.7

They will not be effective at all

25.0

D/K + N/A

2.5

 

Q9: If IRs with casinos were created in Japan, would you want to go to one?

 

Yes

17.1

No

81.8

D/K + N/A

1.1

 

Note: In cases where multiple answers are permitted, the total exceeds 100%.

 

Polling methodology: The survey was implemented on Dec. 7–8, 2019, 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 more than 100 million voters. Responses were received from 1,504 people, excluding those who could not be interviewed due to relocation or travel. The valid response rate was 50.1%. Composition of respondents was as follows: male, 49.4%; female, 50.6%.

 

Sections of Fukushima Prefecture heavily impacted by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and sections of Nagano Prefecture severely impacted by Typhoon Hagibis were excluded from the survey pool.

 

Nihon Yoron Chosakai is a nationwide public opinion polling entity managed by Kyodo News and comprising 38 of its subscribers including the Tokyo Shimbun.

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