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  • 2019.11.11 Monday
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  • by スポンサードリンク


Japanese Citizens’ Voice

 The Nikkei Shimbun conducted a survey by snail-mail for the first time. I believe that these results are more reliable than usual because, in the case of robo-calls, busy people would immediately hang up the phone while many seniors, housewives and the jobless would take time to answer the survey. 1,673 out of 3,000 questionnaires were returned by the end of November.                                                                                     First of all, politicians, journalists and bureaucrats should be aware of the fact that they are not trusted by citizens even though most of them are proud of their professional status. 56% of the respondents said that Diet members were untrustworthy, 42% said that the media was untrustworthy, and 32% said that national bureaucrats were untrustworthy. Notably, 60% of 28 to 29 years olds said that they don’t trust the mass media.                                                                                     The most reputable institutions are the Self-Defense Forces (60%), followed by the courts (47%), the police (43%), prosecutors (39%), and teachers (32%). No matter how the left-leaning media have dispraised the Self-Defense Forces, they have reliably contributed during disasters such as the Great Tohoku Earthquake in 2011.                                                                                     When asked about foreign countries, the most hated was North Korea (82%), followed by China (76%), South Korea (61%), and Russia (57%). The result is not surprising.                                                                                     On the other hand, I don't understand why the U.K. and Australia are most preferred by Japanese (72% each), followed by the U.S. (67%).                                                                                     Currently, a constitutional reform of any kind is difficult: 46% prefer to revise the constitution whereas 50% are opposed to it. However, opinions vary depending on age and income. The majority of those 60 years old and older are opposed to revising the constitution whereas the majority of those less than 60 years old support revision. And, the majority of households earning less than 5 million yen (about 50,000 US dollars) per year preferred not revising the constitution whereas the majority of households earning more than 8 million yen supported revision. Households between 5 million and 8 million yen were equally divided. The Abe Cabinet had better not rush a national referendum on constitutional reform.                                                                                      I hope that the Japanese government implement formal survey contingent with nationwide elections to record citizens’ opinions accurately.       


  • 2019.11.11 Monday
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  • 21:13
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  • by スポンサードリンク


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