Share of Japanese with Good Image of S. Korea Hits Record Low

Politics

Tokyo, June 12 (Jiji Press)--A recent private-sector opinion poll showed Wednesday that the proportion of Japanese people who have a good impression of South Korea fell 2.9 percentage points from a year before to 20 pct, the lowest level since the survey started in 2013.

By contrast, the share of South Koreans with a positive impression of Japan rose 3.4 points to a record 31.7 pct, according to the survey, jointly conducted by Genron NPO, a Japanese organization, and the East Asia Institute, a South Korean think tank.

About 60 to 70 pct of Japanese and South Korean respondents expressed support for their respective countries' arguments over last year's South Korean court rulings that ordered Japanese firms to pay compensation to South Korean wartime requisitioned workers and an incident last December in which a South Korean warship directed its fire-control radar at a Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force patrol plane.

"The issue of South Korean requisitioned workers and the radar lock-on incident certainly changed Japanese people's views of South Korea," Genron NPO head Yasushi Kudo told a press conference in Tokyo.

Meanwhile, experiences of visits to Japan and diverse sources of information helped prevent South Koreans' sentiments about Japan from deteriorating, he said.

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