Recently the Mainichi News on-line reported the following:
In the opinion poll completed on the 10th (March) by the Cabinet Office about " the Self-Defense Forces and the defense problem", up to 79.8% answered "evaluated highly" over the activity of the 100,000 Self-Defense Forces attending the relieve works in areas stricken by the East Japan great earthquake; adding to the the attitude of "positively evaluated to some extent", the total went up to 97.7%. On the "Operation Tomodachi" by the U.S. Forces, 79.2% answered "success achieved".
The people who answered "It is good" (including "it is quite good") on the impression of the Self-Defense Forces went up to 91.7%, an increase of 10.8 points from investigation held last time in the year 2009, and it became the highest since the investigation was started in 1969.
Also, on Japan-US Security Treaty, those replied "it is useful" increased by 4.8 points to 81.2% and updated the highest record so far.
It was concluded that the positive evaluation over earthquake disaster activity had led to the improvement in the image of the Self-Defense Forces and the Japan-U.S. alliance.
The investigation was conducted with 3000 adult men and women all over the country in January, and 1,893 people (63.1% recovery rate) had replied.
Obviously the Self Defense Forces have done a good job to improve their public relation.