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Japanese opinion poll on security


Sam Roggeveen


14 January 2011 11:17

The Japanese daily Asahi Shimbun conducted an opinion poll in early December on Japanese attitudes to various security issues. I can find no reference to it in the Australian media, so wanted to highlight some results compiled by Japan Security Watch (a blog well worth adding to your favourites).

Note the strong support for Japanese participation in a Taiwan war, and the rapid deterioration of views toward China. There's also solid support for the US alliance.

Should the JSDF provide transportation and logistical assistance to the U.S. if war were to break out over the Taiwan Strait'

YES: 57%
NO: 30%

Is China a military threat to Japan' (YES)

2001: 8%
2005: 13%
2010: 32% (North Korea: 49%)

Should Japan strengthen military cooperation with the United States' (YES)

2010: 72%

Should Japan increase up cooperation with China' (YES)

2010: 55%

Which country is more important to Japan, the United States or China'

United States: 68%
China: 15%

Should the U.S. – Japan Security Treaty be maintained: (YES)

2010: 78%

With China boosting its military capability, should Japan boost its military capability in the southwestern (Nansei) islands to respond to the threat'

YES: 48%
NO: 36%

Asashi Shimbun poll conducted December 4-5, 2010, 3,000 respondents.