Fuji TV reported at noon on the results of its opinion poll conducted over the weekend, which found that 59.7% of respondents disapproved of the GOJ’s measures against COVID-19, while 32.6% expressed support. On the quasi-state of emergency measures in ten prefectures, 47.3% said they have high expectations, while 50.4% said otherwise. As many as 83% said they are worried about the growing number of cases of new COVID-19 variants. Meanwhile, 46.7% expressed support for the GOJ’s decision to discharge treated water from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant into the ocean, while 45.3% did not. On PM Suga’s visit to the United States for a summit with President Biden, 59.9% welcomed it, while 30.4% did not. The network added that more than 50% said Japan should become involved with the human rights issue in Xinjiang “to the extent that the relationship with China does not worsen,” saying that the GOJ will be forced to conduct difficult diplomacy as it needs to take a tough stance against China together with the United States while also avoiding a deterioration of the relationship with Beijing. Public support for the Suga Cabinet edged up 0.9 points from last month to 52.3%, and nonsupport dropped 0.9 points to 41.9%.
TV Asahi also reported on the results of its weekend opinion poll, which found that 51% said the quasi-state of emergency measures in ten prefectures are not effective, while 38% said they are. In addition, 72% said the GOJ should declare a state of emergency for the ten prefectures. On the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, 23% said they should be held in July as planned, while more than 70% called for another postponement or cancellation. Meanwhile, support for the Suga Cabinet remained almost the same as last month at 36%.