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86% accept pandemic restrictions, NHK survey

  • January 15, 2021
  • , NHK WORLD , 6:48 p.m.
  • English Press

An NHK survey shows that a majority of respondents say they are ready to accept restrictions on their personal freedoms to help contain the coronavirus.


NHK surveyed 3,600 people 18 or older across Japan between November 4 and December 7. Over 2,300 of them responded.


Among the respondents, 86 percent said it’s acceptable to impose limits on travel and economic activities, while 12 percent said it’s not.


As for which measures they would tolerate, 87 percent cited restrictions on outings, 82 percent agreed to temporary business closures, and 52 percent said it was OK to collect location information on people’s smartphones.


Asked whether revising the law is necessary to allow authorities to impose bans on non-essential outings or to force businesses to close, 42 percent said it is necessary, 19 percent said it is not, while 38 percent were undecided.


The survey also found that 82 percent of respondents said the coronavirus pandemic is affecting their lives either significantly or to some extent.


Since the pandemic began, 30 percent said their income has fallen, while 65 percent said it’s unchanged.


The percentage of non-regular employees with declining income is higher than that of regular employees.


Self-employed people are more likely to experience a decline in income compared to those in other job categories.

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