A nationwide survey on Sunday has shown that more than half of the Japanese public are opposed to Japan exercising the right to collective self-defense, or taking up arms to pre-empt an attack on any national interest or ally, as compared to over 30% who favor it. The details of telephone survey conducted by the Kyodo News organization were released the weekend after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe mentioned in a policy speech that the constitutional ban on collective self-defense is set to be reviewed.
Around 53.8 percent of the survey’s respondents opposed using the right to collective defense while 37.1 percent said that they were in favor of it. Japan, as stated in its post-war constitution, had, after its defeat in the Second World War, willfully given up the right to collective self-defense. Abe repeatedly said numerous times during 2013 that it was his intention to have the constitution amended so that Japan could play a more vital role in world security issues. However, there seems to be very strong public opposition to the move.
In other issues, the survey has also shown the growing public wariness over returning to nuclear power and getting Japan’s mothballed nuclear reactors back online. 60.2 percent of the survey’s respondents said they oppose reactivating the reactors and 31.6 percent said they favor it. Public approval for Abe’s Cabinet, meanwhile, moved up 0.7 percentage points to 55.9 percent from the previous survey in December, while the disapproval rate percentage fell to 31.0 percent from 32.6 percent.
[via Japan Times]
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