In the recent Nihon Yoron Chosakai nationwide mail-in poll, a total of 89% of respondents said that the government’s regional revitalization policies are either “not moving forward” or “generally not moving forward.” Formulated in 2014 by the former Abe administration, the policies aim to rectify the overconcentration of activities on the Tokyo Metropolitan area. A total of 79% of respondents said that unipolarization on the capital region either “should be rectified” or “should generally be rectified.” Asked about concrete policies that should be pursued, frequent answers included encouraging companies to relocate to regional areas and creating environments that would make it easy for the childrearing generation to relocate. (Abridged)
[Polling methodology: 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 slightly more than 100 million voters. Survey questionnaires were sent by postal service to pollees on Nov. 9, and 1,981 completed questionnaires were return by Dec. 16, 2020. Excluding those questionnaires that were completed incorrectly or by someone other than the intended person, valid responses were received from 1,933 people for a valid response rate of 64.4%. The makeup of the polling sample was as follows: male, 49.6%; female, 50.4%. Sections of Fukushima Prefecture 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.]