Two-thirds of the public opposes loosening the nation's controls on arms exports but just over a quarter support it, according to an opinion poll conducted over the weekend.

The results signal widespread concerned about the government's recent changes to Japan's self-imposed restrictions on arms exports.

According to the nationwide telephone survey, which covered 1,418 households with eligible voters and drew 1,011 responses, those opposed to relaxing arms controls exceeded those in favor across all age groups. Among women, 74.7 percent said they were opposed.