61 Pct of S. Koreans Blame Japan Govt for Bilateral Friction


Seoul, July 12 (Jiji Press)--A total of 61 pct of South Koreans blame the Japanese government alone for the recent diplomatic friction between Seoul and Tokyo, an opinion survey in South Korea showed Friday.

In the survey by research company Gallup Korea, 17 pct of the respondents said the South Korean government is responsible while 13 pct blamed both governments.

Among supporters of the largest opposition Liberty Korea Party, 40 pct said Seoul is responsible, higher than 33 pct who blamed Tokyo. The result indicates strong criticism of President Moon Jae-in's administration over the issue.

The survey also showed that the proportion of respondents who said they have a favorable impression of Japan came to 12 pct, lowest since the statistics started in 1991. The proportion of respondents who answered the opposite stood at 77 pct.

The proportion of respondents with a favorable impression of Japanese people came to 41 pct, against 43 pct who feel the opposite.

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