Tokyo, Feb. 18 (Jiji Press)–Nearly 60 pct of people in Japan backed the decision by Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s government to recommend the Sado gold mine site for UNESCO World Cultural Heritage listing, a Jiji Press survey showed.
The interview-based survey, conducted for four days through Monday, showed that 59.4 pct of respondents backed the recommendation and that 10.2 pct opposed the move while 30.4 pct said they were unsure or had no opinion.
Among respondents who support Kishida’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party, backing for the recommendation stood at 72.4 pct, much higher than the 7.7 pct who expressed opposition.
South Korea expressed opposition to the decision, claiming that people from the Korean Peninsula were forced to work at the site during World War II.
A proposal for Japan to possess enemy-base attack capability was backed by 34.3 pct of all respondents and opposed by 26.1 pct, with 39.5 pct unsure or without opinions. The Kishida government is considering the matter.
By political party, 45.7 pct of respondents who support the LDP supported the proposal, while 20.9 pct said they are opposed.
Those who support Komeito, the partner in the LDP-led coalition, were divided on the proposal, with 31.8 pct supporting it and the same proportion against it.
Of respondents who support the main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, opposition far exceeded support, 46.7 pct to 20.0 pct.
The survey covered 2,000 people aged 18 or older across Japan, with 62.8 pct providing valid replies.