Americans Favor Curbs on Japanese Imports, Poll Finds

From Reuters

A majority of Americans consider Japanese investments in the United States a serious threat to the U.S. economy and favor more restrictions on Japanese imports, according to a new poll published Saturday.

A survey of 1,000 adults in each country, conducted this month by the Detroit Free Press and Chunichi Newspapers of Japan, showed 70% of the Americans and 80% of the Japanese want their governments to get tougher with each other.

Nearly 80% of the Americans polled said Japanese investments are a serious threat to the U.S. economy, and a majority called for import restrictions on Japanese goods even if it means higher prices.

The poll, conducted on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, said half of the Japanese considered the attack an unjustified act of war, with 80% of the Americans agreeing.


However, 64% of Japanese said the wartime atomic bombing of Hiroshima was unjustified, while 29% of Americans felt that way.