Almost 58 percent of those who participated in the two-day survey responded that Japan’s support should remain non-military, while about 16 percent favored logistical support to the US-led coalition performing airstrikes on IS targets in Syria and Iraq.
Only 2.8 percent supported Japan’s “direct participation” in military operations against IS.
Despite failed negotiations with the radical group on securing the release of the hostages, over 60 percent of the respondents believe that the Japanese government’s actions were generally adequate given the situation. More than half said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should maintain his humanitarian pledge, particularly intended to help alleviate the Syrian refugee crisis. Almost 15 percent of the respondents believe the pledge should be abandoned.
According to the CIA, there are about 30,000 IS militants fighting in Syria and Iraq. The group controls large swathes of territory in both countries and has declared a caliphate in the areas it controls.