Jun 30, 2014

Most Japanese voters oppose security shift

Half of Japanese voters oppose dropping a ban that has kept the military from fighting abroad since World War II, a survey showed on Monday, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe readied a landmark shift in security policy that would ease the constraints of the ...

Apr 19, 2014

Southeast Asia views Japan as most reliable country, poll says

Southeast Asian nations view Japan as the most reliable country among 11 major nations around the world, according to a Foreign Ministry opinion poll. Japan beat out the other 10 rivals, nominated by 33 percent of all respondents as the most reliable nation. The ...

Mar 18, 2014

52.4% of Japanese say they oppose same-sex marriage

Three in four Japanese adults think society is unkind to sexual minorities, while just more than half oppose same-sex marriage, a recent nationwide poll found. A total of 74.6 percent said they think society is either unkind or somewhat unkind to sexual minorities, including ...

Dec 23, 2013

Most oppose using force to aid ally: poll

More than half of the public opposes revising the government’s interpretation of the Constitution just for the sake of engaging in collective self-defense, a survey says. According to a weekend telephone survey on the issue of collective defense, or aiding an ally that comes ...

Support for Cabinet tumbles below 60%

Jun 17, 2013

Support for Cabinet tumbles below 60%

Public support for the Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sagged 2.8 points in June to 57.4 percent — the first time it has dipped below 60 percent since January, just after he took office, a survey says. The Cabinet’s polling numbers have now ...

Jun 29, 2011

Forum for better local government

In the current session, the Diet has enacted a law to give legal backing to a forum in which the Cabinet members concerned and local government leaders exchange opinions on policy matters. The law is the result of the Democratic Party of Japan government’s ...