- Published on May 19, 2014
The survey shows 51 percent of the Japanese oppose Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s push to increase the collective self-defense rights. Over 55 percent of the respondents preferred to see the government focus on economic and labor issues, rather than change security policies. Japan’s constitution prohibits the deployment of any armed forces to international wars, but the current government says a change in security policy is needed as the country is locked in a territorial dispute with China. Meanwhile, reports say Tokyo is planning to send troops to three islands in the far southwest. Both Tokyo and Beijing claim the ownership of the islands known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu Dao in China.