On November 1, 2016 Bruce Stokes, director of global economic attitudes at the Pew Research Center, presented findings from the 2016 survey of Japanese public opinion about Japan’s place in the world. The Japanese are downbeat about their economy but supportive of Prime Minister Abe’s handling of the economy and relations with other countries. They are quite open to helping other nations, including developing countries, but sense that their American ally is in decline and yet are wary of taking on more military responsibilities in the region themselves.