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Opinion poll & results from Yomiuri Shimbun

(Yomiuri: January 11, 2016 – p. 15)    Questions & answers (%)  Questionnaire is slightly abridged.  Asterisks indicate that the choices were read aloud to the respondent.  Figures in parentheses denote the results of the last survey conducted Dec. 17–18.    Q: Do you support the Abe Cabinet?   Yes 54(49) No 36(39) Other answers (O/A) 3(6) No answer (N/A)….Read more

  • 2016-01-12 15:00:00
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Opinion: End the vicious cycle of the comfort women issue with good faith

(Mainichi: January 6, 2016 – p. 10)    By Koichi Yonemura, Seoul Bureau    The Japan-ROK agreement on the comfort women issue reached on Dec. 28 was epoch-making in that it effectively settled an issue that has evoked debate and criticism, not only in both countries, but also in the international community, for over 20 years. It was the result….Read more

  • 2016-01-06 15:00:00
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Opinion poll & results from Mainichi Shimbun

(Mainichi: December 23, 2015 – p. 26–27)    Questions & answers (% except where indicated)  (T = total; P = previous; M = male; F = female)    Q: Are you satisfied with your current life?   T P M F Very satisfied 4 (7) 5 4 Somewhat satisfied 58 (58) 55 61 Not very satisfied 29 (28) 32 27….Read more

  • 2015-12-29 15:00:00
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Opinion poll & results from Nikkei

(Nikkei: December 28, 2015 – p. 2)    Q: Do you support raising the consumption tax to 10% in April 2017?   Yes 42% No 47%  Q: Do you approve of the application of reduced tax rates on food, excluding alcohol and restaurant meals?   Yes 56% No 34%  Q: When do you think would be the best time to….Read more

  • 2015-12-29 15:00:00
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Opinion poll & results from Tokyo Shimbun

(Tokyo Shimbun: December 28, 2015 – p. 2)    Questions & answers (%)  (Figures in parentheses are the results of the last survey conducted Nov. 28–29.)    Q1: Do you support the Abe cabinet?   Yes 49.4 (48.3) No 38.2 (40.4) Don’t know (D/K) + no answer (N/A) 12.4 (11.3)   Q2: (Only for those who answered “yes” to the….Read more

  • 2015-12-28 15:00:00
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Opinion poll & results from Asahi Shimbun

(Asahi: December 22, 2015 – p. 4)    Questions & answers (%)  Figures rounded off. Some questions and answers have been omitted. All questions were asked of all respondents except for those questions indented and marked with a bullet, which are subquestions. The figures given for subquestions are percentages of the respondents in the given category. Bracketed figures denote proportions….Read more

  • 2015-12-22 15:00:00
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Opinion: Fixation with “tradition” hinders surname rule reform

(Nikkei: December 17, 2015 – p. 3)    By Mitsuo Oshima, senior writer    How much more time will it take after the “two lost decades”? The ruling by the Grand Bench of the Supreme Court that the Civil Code requiring married couples to adopt the same surname is constitutional is a reminder of the difficulty of introducing reforms. The….Read more

  • 2015-12-17 15:00:00
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Opinion: The TPP accord and agricultural policy

(Mainichi: December 16, 2015 – p. 10)    By Ken Yamada, Osaki branch, Sendai Bureau    How will the TPP agreement change the local communities?    The Japanese Communist Party (JCP) doubled its number of seats in the Miyagi Prefectural Assembly election held in October right after the TPP agreement was reached. While careful analysis still needs to be made….Read more

  • 2015-12-16 15:00:00
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Opinion poll & results from Sankei Shimbun

(Sankei: December 15, 2015 – p. 5)    Main Questions & Answers of the Sankei-FNN Joint Opinion Poll (%)    Q: Do you support Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his cabinet?   Yes 47.8 (44.2) No 41.2 (43.2) Other answers (O/A) 11.0 (12.6)  Q: Which political party do you support?   Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP or Jiminto) 37.9….Read more

  • 2015-12-15 15:00:00
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Opinion: TPP accord disregards the will of the Diet and people

(Akahata: December 9, 2015 – p. 6)    After the basic TPP agreement was announced on Oct. 5, reports on the “inside story” of the negotiations began to come out. Many of them gave exaggerated accounts of the negotiators’ “savvy.” However, what became clear was the Japanese government’s outrageous arbitrariness in embracing the TPP in disregard of the people’s will.….Read more

  • 2015-12-09 15:00:00
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