public opinion

Post-Disaster Opinion: China and the SDF

James Simpson takes a look at the Cabinet Office's recent survey on public attitudes toward the SDF, as well as a brief look at a small poll on Sino-Japanese opinion.

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A Tohoku Earthquake Retrospective...

A Tohoku Earthquake Retrospective…

One year on, James Simpson remembers the Tohoku Earthquake and considers the challenges its has posed, and those that continue to lie ahead.

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Hajime Funada (LDP): Increasing Public Bond with the Self-Defense Force

Hajime Funada (LDP): Increasing Public Bond with the Self-Defense Force

Hajime Funada, an LDP politician, writes on the SDF's surge of goodwill following the Tohoku Earthquake.

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2011 and Japan: Highlighting the Positive Role of the SDF

2011 and Japan: Highlighting the Positive Role of the SDF

JSW contributor James Simpson offers his take on the most important security development for Japan and its neighborhood over the past year: better societal-military relations in Japan.

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Charting the Recent AFP/GfK Poll on Japanese Public Opinion

Charting the Recent AFP/GfK Poll on Japanese Public Opinion

In early September, Associated Press/GfK released the results of a survey on Japanese public opinion covering a wide range of issues. JSW steps in to provide the data as graphs for all to read.

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As Plans for Coastal Monitoring Unit Proceed, Yonaguni Residents Raise Voices

As Plans for Coastal Monitoring Unit Proceed, Yonaguni Residents Raise Voices

The MoD is moving towards the purchase of a site to house a GSDF coastal monitoring unit on the island of Yonaguni, part of Okinawa Prefecture. Residents are apparently divided, but opposition is growing.

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Biggest Threat to South Korea According to Korean Teenagers: Japan

Biggest Threat to South Korea According to Korean Teenagers: Japan

A survey of Korean middle and high school students finds 44.5% consider Japan the biggest threat to South Korea. Are the results the effect of politicized education?

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Protests as MSDF Aegis destroyer stops by civilian port in Okinawa

Protests as MSDF Aegis destroyer stops by civilian port in Okinawa

One official at the protest asked, "Is the shared use of civilian ports by military and civilians not the first step towards ports exclusively for the military?"

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Pew Research Poll: Most Japanese Happy With SDF Response to the Earthquake

95% of the respondents said that the SDF's response to the disaster was good - ranking it significantly higher than the media, government, Prime Minister and the Tokyo Electric Power Company.

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Weekly Playboy: Post-Quake Image Boost Sees SDF Recruitment Rise

Weekly Playboy: Post-Quake Image Boost Sees SDF Recruitment Rise

Weekly Playboy: Post-quake support for the SDF has resulted in greater interest at the recruitment offices.

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Waseda Prof.: Take the military out of the equation

Waseda Prof.: Take the military out of the equation

On Saturday, May 7th, Asahi Shimbun published the views of three experts on the SDF’s role in providing assistance and relief to Tohoku (p. 13). The opinions did not make it onto Asahi‘s website, so it is up to JSW to step in with a rough translation. Here is the third pundit’s view: Towards a...

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Former JDA Chief: Japan must come to terms with its Self-Defence Force

Former JDA Chief: Japan must come to terms with its Self-Defence Force

On Saturday, May 7th, Asahi Shimbun published the views of three experts on the SDF’s role in providing assistance and relief to Tohoku (p. 13). The opinions did not make it onto Asahi‘s website, so it is up to JSW to step in with a rough translation. Here is the second pundit’s view: We must...

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