Back from lunch and following on from the previous post here.
Going forward, should Japan strongly strive to increase economic prosperity?
Yes, it should do its best to further increase economic prosperity: 51%
As long as there is a reasonably amount of economic prosperity, it should not overly strain itself: 43%
When you think of Japan going forward, do you think there is a need for full-scale reform of economic, political and societal structures/systems? Or do you think supporting existing structures but improving them is a better approach to reform?
Full scale reform: 57% Existing structures: 40%
In general, which should Japan aim for: a strong country that is economically wealthy but has large disparities, or a country that is more modest, has a reasonable level of economic prosperity and does not have significant disparities?
Strong and economically prosperous but with large disparities: 17%
A smaller, more modestly wealthy and egalitarian country: 73%
From now on, even if there was a danger of it undermining economic growth, should Japan aim for a society that makes consideration for the environment a key priority? Or in this case should Japan instead give the environment only a moderate amount of consideration?
Build a society with environment as the key priority: 78%
A moderate amount of concern: 15%
As the main driving force in the economy, is the transition from a manufacturing focus to a finance and IT focus desirable or undesirable in your opinion?
Recently there has been a focus on transitioning regional economies from ones dependent on public works and construction to ones that support social service industries. Do you have (optimistic) expectations for this transition?
Have expectations: 78%
Don’t have expectations: 17%
In the future, it is likely that due to the low birth rate the Japanese population will shrink and Japan will not be able to support the same large scale economy as it does now. If this was to be the case, do you support Japan embracing large scale immigration?
From these two possibilities, which should Japan aim for – a “large government” that provides a full range of social security, and social and government services, but comes with a large tax burden, or a “small government” that comes with a low tax burden, but where people have to take on more personal responsibility and not rely on social security and government services?
Large government: 58%
Small government: 32%
From now on, should Japan endeavor to deepen its relationship with the U.S., or should it ensure there is some distance between itself and the U.S?
Deepen relations: 52%
Ensure there is some distance between itself and the US: 34%
From now on, should Japan endeavor to deepen its relationship with China, or should it be looking to ensure there is some distance between itself and China?
Deepen relations: 48%
Ensure there is distance between itself and China: 42%
Do you think Japan is a country that is currently capable of providing international leadership?
I think so: 12%
I do not think so: 85%
From now on do you think it is preferable that Japan is a major power that has strong influence but also bears responsibility for sharing burdens in the international community? Or is it unnecessary for Japan to be a major power?
It is better for Japan to be a major power: 39%
It is not necessary for Japan to be a major power: 55%
Since World War II, as Japan has not maintained a large military force it has instead relied on U.S. military strength for its protection. Do you think Japan should maintain this policy and continue to rely on US military power, or should Japan start developing its own independent military capability?
It should rely on US military power: 38%
It should start building its own military capabilities: 48%
here is some discussion over whether indices that reflect citizen’s quality of life and levels of satisfaction (like the “Happy Planet Index”) rather than monetary value are better indicators for policy making. Do you think indices such as the “Happy Planet Index” could be usefully introduced to guide policy making?
I think this would be useful: 45%
I do not think this would be useful: 51%