Less than Half of Japanese View Ties with China as Poor (News)
Beijing, Dec. 15 (Jiji Press)—The share of Japanese people viewing their country's relations with China as poor has fallen below 50% for the first time in seven years, an opinion poll has shown.
The percentage plunged 27.0 percentage points from the previous year's survey to 44.9%, according to the joint opinion poll taken in October and November by Japanese and Chinese groups, including Tokyo-based Genron NPO. The results were announced at a press conference in Beijing on Thursday.
The poll found that 64.2% of Chinese people regard their country's relations with Japan as poor. But the percentage had dropped by 14.0 points.
Japanese with a negative impression of China accounted for 88.3%, down 3.3 points.
Meanwhile, the share of Chinese viewing Japan negatively decreased 9.9 points to 66.8%, the lowest level since the 2012 survey, taken before the two countries' relations slumped following the Japanese government's purchase of the Senkaku Islands, claimed by China, in September that year.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]