Japan's Public Opinion of China Remains Negative: Survey

Society

Beijing, Oct. 24 (Jiji Press)--Japan's public opinion of China remains negative despite active political exchanges, a recent joint survey by Japanese and Chinese organizations revealed Thursday.

The survey showed that the proportion of Japanese people who see Japan-China relations as "bad" rose 5.8 percentage points from a year before to 44.8 pct.

The proportion of Japanese respondents who have an "unfavorable" impression of China remained high at 84.7 pct, though down 1.6 points.

The share of Japanese respondents who see bilateral ties as "good" came to as low as 8.5 pct, up 1.3 points, and that of those who have a "favorable" impression of China stood at only 15 pct, up 1.9 points.

The results of the survey are believed to have been affected by China frequently sending government ships into waters around the Senkaku Islands in Okinawa Prefecture, southwestern Japan. China lays claim to the Japanese-administered islands, which it calls Diaoyu.

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