Monday’s Nikkei reported on the results of its public opinion poll conducted jointly with TV Tokyo on April 23-25. When asked about the summit between President Biden and Prime Minister Suga, 50% welcomed it while 32% did not. With regard to Japan’s engagement in securing the stability of the Taiwan Strait, 74% supported the idea and 13% did not. Concerning Japan’s target of cutting its greenhouse gas emissions by 46% from their 2013 level by 2030, 58% said it is appropriate while 32% said it is not. Some 54% approved of the GOJ’s decision to discharge treated water stored at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant into the ocean, while 38% did not.
Cabinet support stood at 47%, roughly on par with the 45% in the March survey. Nonsupport slightly dropped to 44% from 46% in March. However, 65% of the respondents, up 10 points from a month ago, said they do not approve of the GOJ’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak, the highest disapproval rate to date.