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40 pct back Japan’s diplomatic boycott of Beijing Games, Jiji poll

  • January 14, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 5:40 p.m.
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Tokyo, Jan. 14 (Jiji Press)–Nearly 40 pct of people in Japan support the country’s diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics next month, a Jiji Press opinion poll showed.


The survey found that 38.4 pct of respondents support Japan’s decision not to send a government delegation to the Games while 25.9 pct oppose the boycott. It showed that 35.6 pct answered neither or said they do not know.


On the government’s program to provide benefits worth 100,000 yen to people aged 18 or younger as pandemic relief, 59.4 pct of respondents backed its decision to allow them to be paid fully in cash while 28.1 pct disapproved of it. Those who said neither or that they do not know accounted for 12.5 pct.


In the survey, 86.8 pct said that lawmakers should be obliged to report how they used an allowance of 1 million yen provided every month to cover their documents, communications, transport, lodging and other costs on top of their salary, and 6.8 pct opposed such an obligation. The proportion of those who said neither or they do not know stood at 6.4 pct.


The survey was conducted for four days through Monday on 2,000 people aged 18 or over across Japan. Valid responses came from 64.6 pct.

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