The Yomiuri Shimbun nationwide poll conducted on April 2–4 probed views on what course Japan should take as the United States steps up pressure on China over diplomacy, security, and human rights issues. Some 67% of respondents said that Japan should keep in step with the U.S., far surpassing the 22% who said that Japan should not. Regardless of political party supported, the majority of respondents said Japan should take a concerted approach with Washington, with 77% of those backing ruling parties, 58% of those supporting opposition parties, and 62% of independents saying Japan should act in concert with the U.S. in stepping up pressure on China.
Prime Minister Suga plans to travel to the United States in mid-April to meet with U.S. President Joe Biden. A plurality of 83% of respondents said it would be desirable for the Japan-U.S. relationship to be strengthened through the bilateral summit meeting, while only 9% disagreed.