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Less than Half of Japanese View Ties with China as Poor (News)
[2017.12.15]

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.]

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