This large-scale survey from NHK’s Broadcast Culture Research Centre looked at Japan and America, with particular focus on the current Trump regime. This will be posted over three nights in chunks of around 9 questions each.
Although the Japanese press on the whole lauded Trump’s overtures to North Korea and made a big thing of the relatives of the Japanese hostages talking to Trump and getting a nice positive soundbite out of it, it was obvious to me that Trump was spouting any old nonsense in an effort to get his ratings. Satisfyingly, the Japanese public seems generally to share similar opinions.
Q10: The Trump government has asked Japan to increase greatly the amount they pay for the American armed forces in Japan. How do you think Japan should respond to this request?
They’ll just have to pay up
They don’t need to pay more
Q11: The US-Japan Security Treaty days that in return for America protecting Japan, America can site bases and facilities in Japan. What do you think are the effects this treaty has brought about?
Q11A: It has protected Japan’s safety
Not at all
Q11B: It fulfills one part of America’s international strategy
Not at all
Q11C: Japan could reduce its defence spending thus develop her economy
Not at all
Q11D: The cost of supporting the American bases has become a burden
Not at all
Q11E: It has contributed to peace in the Pacific
Not at all
Q12: Thinking of the world today, Japan might have a terrorism attack, be attached by another country, etc. How much of a danger do you think this is?
Not really dangerous
Not dangerous at all
Q13: Do you think Article 9 of Japan’s constitution should be amended to make the existence of the Self-Defence Force clear?
Q14: In order to assure Japan’s safety, does Japan need to be under America’s nuclear umbrella?
Needed now and in the future
Needed now, but not in the future
Not needed now, but will be in the future
Needed neither now nor in the future
Q15: How much expectation do you have for Trump’s North Korea’s denuclearisation negotiations?
Q16: How much do you think Japan can rely on Trump to solve the Japanese hostages in North Korea problem?
Very much rely on him
Rely on him to some extent
Not really rely on him
Not really in him at all
Q17: America and China are involved in defence and trade war, with both strongly asserting their rights. Which country do you think Japan should place more importance on?
Both countries are important
Neither country is important
Q18: How do you think America should exert its political influence in the Asia-Pacific in the future?
Stronger than now
Weaker than now
At the current level
Between that 13th of February and the 23rd of March 2020 3,600 people of the age of 18 were selected at random from resident registers all over the country to receive the survey via post. 2,195 people, or 61.0%, sent back completed surveys. The sample consisted of 45.3% male and 54.7% female, 9.4% between 18 and 29 years old, 10.0% in their thirties, 14.9% in their forties, 16.5% in their fifties 18.7% in their sixties, and 30.4% aged seventy or older.
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