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Opinion poll & results from Sankei Shimbun poll of 118 major companies

Main questions & answers

 

Q: When do you think Japan’s GDP will recover to pre-pandemic levels [October–December quarter of 2019]?

 

During the July–September quarter of 2021

0%

During the October–December quarter of 2021

9

During the January–March quarter of 2022

17

During the April–June quarter of 2022

28

The GDP will not bounce back for the foreseeable future

8

Other answers (O/A)

29

No answer (N/A)

9

 

Q: What do you think will happen in the domestic and global economy as the COVID pandemic is brought under control going forward? (multiple responses permitted)

 

Consumer behavior will recover rapidly

56 companies

The economic recovery will be delayed due to intermittent resurgences in COVID cases

46

There will be serious labor shortages

8

Exports will be sluggish due to lulls in the global economic recovery

11

No change from the present

1

O/A

25

 

Q: Has your company’s administration of COVID-19 vaccines moved forward smoothly?

 

Our program has already ended

6%

Our program will end soon

62

We cannot set an ending date because the government has suspended its reception of applications

11

We did not administer vaccinations

2

N/A

19

 

Q: Has teleworking taken root at your company with the COVID pandemic?

 

Yes

92%

No

2

N/A

6

 

Q: Have the Tokyo Olympic Games had a positive impact on economic recovery?

 

Yes

18%

No

54

N/A

28

 

Q: Did the holding of the Tokyo Olympic Games without spectators impact your business activities?

 

Yes

14%

No

72

N/A

14

 

Q: Did you change your handling of the Tokyo Olympic Games because some people were opposed to holding them?

 

Yes

3%

No

74

N/A

24

 

Q: Is it possible that your company would change its handling of the Beijing Olympics for the reason of forced labor issues involving Uyghurs in Xinjiang, China?

 

Yes

4%

No

50

N/A

46

 

Q: Have you checked whether your company has business connections using Uyghur forced labor?

 

We have checked and found problematic business connections

1%

We have checked and found no problematic business connections

52

We have not investigated the matter

25

N/A

23

 

Q: If you were to discover problematic business connections related to Uyghur forced labor or other human rights issues, what would you do? (multiple responses permitted)

 

Suspend transactions with that business partner

32 companies

Ask the business partner to rectify the matter

79

Do nothing

0

O/A

30

 

Q: Are you making organizational changes to strengthen your economic security measures, including appointing executives to spearhead related initiatives?

 

We have taken measures

8%

We are considering taking measures

13

We do not plan to take measures

26

O/A

34

N/A

19

 

Q: Do you approve of the government’s targets for greenhouse gas emission reductions for fiscal 2030?

 

Yes

86%

No

2

N/A

13

 

Q: Do you think the targets for the reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions set in the draft plan for global warming countermeasures announced by the government are achievable?

 

Yes

38%

No

17

Don’t know

32

N/A

13

 

Q: Is your company setting its own greenhouse gas reduction targets and formulating implementation plans?

 

We are setting targets and drafting plans

87%

We are considering doing so

11

We do not plan to do so

1

N/A

1

 

Q: Are you engaging in information disclosure in line with the proposals set by the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD)?

 

We are already disclosing information in line with the proposals

79%

We are considering doing so

16

We do not plan to do so

2

N/A

3

 

Q: Are you engaged in digital transformation (DX)?

 

Yes

97%

No

0

N/A

3

 

Note: Percentages have been rounded and so may not total 100%.

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