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54% worried about medical system amid COVID, Nihon Yoron Chosakai poll

  • January 3, 2022
  • , Tokyo Shimbun , pp. 3, 4
  • JMH Translation

Nihon Yoron Chosakai conducted a nationwide mail-in survey to probe views on matters related to COVID-19. A total of 54% of respondents said that they are either “anxious” or “generally anxious” about Japan’s medical system amid COVID-19, exceeding the 46% who said that they are either “not worried” or “generally not worried.” Some 57% of pollees said they either “approve” or “generally approve” of the government’s COVID vaccine policy. However, a notable number of respondents said that Japan should develop the expertise to manufacture the vaccines domestically as the nation has been dependent on imports. (Abridged)


[Polling methodology: A total of 3,000 men and women aged 18 or over were randomly selected nationwide from 250 locations on a stratified two-stage random-sampling basis to create a cross-section of Japan’s slightly more than 100 million voters. On Nov. 16, 2021, questionnaires were sent out by postal mail, and 1,976 completed questionnaires had been returned as of Dec. 24. Valid responses were received from 1,925 people, excluding questionnaires completed improperly or by persons other than the intended voter. The valid response rate was 64.2%. The makeup of the polling sample was as follows: male, 48.8%; female, 51.2%. Sections of Fukushima Prefecture heavily impacted by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake were excluded from the survey pool.]


[Nihon Yoron Chosakai is a nationwide public opinion polling entity managed by Kyodo News and comprising 38 of its subscribers including Tokyo Shimbun.]

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