Nearly Half of Japanese Expect No Change in Japan–South Korea Ties (News)
Tokyo, Jan. 13 (Jiji Press)—Nearly half of Japanese people think Japan–South Korea relations will remain unchanged following the installation of a girl's statue symbolizing the issue of so-called wartime comfort women in Busan, a Jiji Press poll showed Friday.
Asked about the future outlook for bilateral relations in a monthly public opinion poll, 46.9% of respondents, the largest proportion, predicted that relations will remain unchanged, 36.8% said they will get worse, and 4.4% said they will get better.
In the poll, 11.9% of the respondents said they are not sure how the relations will develop.
Late last month, a South Korean civic group set up the statue in front of the Japanese consulate-general in the southern South Korean city. Comfort women, mostly from the Korean Peninsula, were forced to serve as prostitutes for Japanese troops before and during World War II.
The Japanese government announced on January 6 that it will temporarily recall officials including its ambassador to South Korea, Nagamine Yasumasa, in protest against the South Korean government's lack of serious efforts to prevent the installation.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]