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ROK poll: 57% see need for Japan-ROK summit talks

  • 2015-03-02 15:00:00
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(Asahi: March 1, 2015 – p. 7)

 

 SEOUL—Gallup Korea, a South Korean research company, released findings on Feb. 27 from its public opinion survey on Japan-South Korea relations. In the survey, respondents were asked whether they think “it’s necessary for South Korea and Japan to hold summit talks between their leaders in order to resolve pending issues between the two nations even under the present situation.” In response to this question, “yes” accounted for a total of 57%, up 5 percentage points from a previous survey conducted in March last year.

 

 The research company conducted the survey over the telephone in South Korea, targeting 1,005 persons chosen from among men and women aged 19 and over.

 

 South Korean President Park Geun-hye has been taking the position that “it’s meaningless to hold summit talks between South Korea and Japan unless Japan changes its historical perception.” In the survey, respondents were asked whether they agree with this standpoint. To this question, “yes” accounted for a total of 70%, down 4 points from last year’s survey. Among them, 51% said it is necessary to hold summit talks even under the present situation.

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