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70% approve of U.S.-Japan security arrangements, MOFA poll

  • April 17, 2020
  • , Mainichi , p. 5
  • JMH Translation

On April 16, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs released the results of its Domestic Opinion Survey on Japan’s Diplomacy. At total of 68.9% of respondents said that they either “approve” or “generally approve” of the security arrangements based on the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty. This figure dramatically exceeds the total of 27.5% of pollees who gave a negative assessment of the security alliance. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the revised Security Treaty. 


Asked what areas in the bilateral relationship should be strengthened (multiple responses permitted), 78.8% said “security” while 76.8% said “people-to-people and cultural exchange” and 74.7% said “economy, trade, and finance.” Asked if they think the security environment in East Asia is growing more severe, a total of 84.9% said either “I very much think so” or “I somewhat think so.” This is essentially unchanged from the results found in last year’s survey where 86.7% gave that response.


The telephone-based public opinion survey was conducted nationwide in mid-March of 1,000 men and women age 18 or over.

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