A poll from a major national newspaper shows that 69.8% of the respondents believe that Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should be mindful over the diplomatic fallout resulting from this Thursday visit to the Yasukuni Shrine. Countries like former colonies China and South Korea and even Japan’s closest ally the United States, have strongly criticized Abe for his move.
The survey also showed that 47.1% believe that what he did was “not good,” as it further damages already tenuous relations with Japan’s neighbours, who believe that a visit to the shrine that honors the country’s war dead is a glorification of its militaristic past. But the approval rating for Abe and his administration didn’t suffer, compared to a similar survey done a week ago. It was at 55.2%, up 1 point from the previous survey. The disapproval rating fell to 32.6%, down from the 33% a week ago, before the Yasukuni visit was conducted.
Regarding another hot button national topic, 71.2% of the respondents believe that other prefectures, aside from Okinawa, should host the military drills involving the MV-22 Osprey aircraft. Governor Hirokazu Nakaima last week gave approval to the landfill work in Nago that will pave the way for the relocation of the U.S. Futenma air base, also in Okinawa. This has been met with a lot of criticism from other local politicians and residents, as many are protesting the strong military presence in the prefecture.
[ via AFP ]