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Opinion poll & results from Sankei Shimbun poll of 116 major companies

Main questions & answers

 

Q: The domestic economy has deteriorated due to COVID-19. When do you think the economy will return to its pre-COVID level?

 

During the July–September quarter this year

8.8%

During the October–December quarter this year

4.9

During the January–March quarter in 2022

14.7

In or after April 2022

58.8

Other answers (O/A)

12.7

 

Q: Do you think the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games will boost the domestic economy?

 

They will be a major boost to the economy

6.8%

They will give some boost to the economy

60.7

They will not cause much change in the economy

20.5

The economy will decline with the spread of COVID-19

0

O/A

11.7

 

Q: Will your company continue the work style it has adopted during the COIVD pandemic after the virus has subsided?

 

All elements of the work style will remain in place

55.6%

Some elements will be continued while others will be scaled down or eliminated

20.0

All elements will be scaled down or eliminated

0

O/A

20.0

 

Q: What are your plans for hiring new graduates who would start in April 2022?

 

Increase from the number joining in April 2021

0.8%

Flat compared to 2021

24.1

Decrease from 2021

7.1

Undecided

66.9

O/A

0.8

 

Q: Do you plan to increase or decrease your capital investment this fiscal year compared to last year or will it remain about the same as last year?

 

Increase

12.6%

Decrease

3.8

Remain about the same

18.4

Undecided

65.0

 

Q: How will decarbonization impact your company’s policies and business? (multiple responses permitted)

 

We will increase our use of renewable energy

85 companies

We will increase our efforts to save energy at facilities and use energy-saving equipment

87

We will introduce/expand our carbon recycling efforts

36

We will introduce/expand our use of hydrogen and fuel cells

52

We will enhance the efficiency of our distribution

50

Decarbonization will lead to the expansion of our business

59

Decarbonization will have a negative impact on our business performance

0

O/A

24

 

Note: Figures have been rounded and so may not total 100%.

 

[Polling methodology: The survey was conducted from Dec. 8 through the middle of that month. A total of 116 companies responded to the questionnaire survey, which was composed of multiple-choice and free-response questions.]

 

(Questions on the Nikkei stock average were abridged.)

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