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Majority of Japanese Worry China May Invade Taiwan: Polls

Soldiers participate in a military exercise simulating an invasion by China, in Kaohsiung, on Jan. 6.

Soldiers participate in a military exercise simulating an invasion by China, in Kaohsiung, on Jan. 6.

Photographer: I-Hwa Cheng/Bloomberg
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Three in four Japanese people worry that China may take military action against Taiwan or a set of disputed islands in the East China Sea, according to a survey by the Kyodo News. 

They are concerned that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine could induce China to make similar offensives, respondents said in the poll conducted over the weekend. Public support for Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s administration rose as some 86% of respondents backed Japan’s decision to slap economic sanctions on Russia.