Japanese public’s unease about U.S.-Japan relationship grows, but so does support for efforts to preserve it

Author: Tobias Harris

Categories: Japan Political Pulse

A new round of public opinion polls shows that public anxiety about the future of the U.S.-Japan relationship has worsened since Trump was inaugurated on January 20. However, just because the Japanese public expects the relationship to worsen does not mean that voters will not support a bid by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to find common ground with the Trump administration.

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Event reveals issues arising from public opinions within Japan, Korea, and China

Author: Juliane Doscher

Categories: Sasakawa USA Blog

On January 11, Sasakawa USA, in partnership with The Genron NPO — a Japanese think-tank dedicated to promoting democracy in Japan — hosted a public forum to present its bilateral, trilateral, and quadrilateral survey poll results for the first time in the United States. The forum was an opportunity to discuss political and diplomatic issues that will arise in Northeast Asia based on the region’s public opinions of each other.

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JPP: Abe’s support still rests on lack of alternatives; public remains ambivalent about policies

Author: Tobias Harris

Categories: Japan Political Pulse

Japan’s House of Councillors  elections are over, resulting in an impressive victory for the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP)-Komeito coalition, which now has 147 seats in the 242-seat HOC. However, despite headlines that proclaimed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government won a landslide victory on July 10, opinion polls conducted after the elections suggest that the vote did not fundamentally alter public opinion regarding the Abe administration and its policies.

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JPP Archive: August 2015 to March 2016

Categories: Japan Political Pulse

The Japan Political Pulse aggregates major opinion polls conducted by Japanese media outlets in order to provide a more accurate picture of the Abe government’s public approval rating. This post contains an archive of Japan Political Pulse’s data from its inception in August 2015 through March 2016.

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Introducing Japan Political Pulse: Background and methodology

Author: Tobias Harris

Categories: Japan Political Pulse

The goal of the JPP is to provide a comprehensive look at the government’s prevailing approval rating as well as other opinion polling regarding critical issues facing Japan. While Japan has a high volume of quality opinion polls — regularly conducted surveys with large, randomly drawn samples — these polls often have subtle but consistent biases. Following in the footsteps of U.S. opinion poll aggregators, we will aggregate major polls so as to minimize the impact of these biases and arrive at a more accurate picture of the government’s support on a given day.

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