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89% approve of GOJ’s response to Omicron variant

Monday’s Yomiuri front-paged the results of its public opinion survey conducted from Friday through Sunday in which 89% of the respondents approved of the GOJ’s tightened border controls against the Omicron variant of COVID-19 while 8% did not. Support for the Kishida cabinet rose by 6 points to 62% from a month ago and nonsupport dropped by 7 points to 22%. The paper speculated that the public welcomed the GOJ’s swift move to ban the entry of all foreign nationals who are not residents in response to the spread of the Omicron variant overseas. About the GOJ’s overall response to the novel coronavirus, 55% approved of it, while 36% did not. Some 53% welcomed the GOJ’s planned spending of a record 55.7 trillion yen ($493 billion) on an economic stimulus package aimed at easing the impact from the coronavirus, while 33% did not. However, 55% disapproved of the GOJ plan to provide 100,000 yen ($886) each for all children aged 18 or younger, while 39% approved of it. Regarding the GOJ’s plan to use coronavirus vaccine records and proof of negative test results to relax social restrictions, 55% welcomed it while 37% did not.

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