(Asahi: June 20, 2015 – p. 1 & p. 2)
June 22 marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty on Basic Relations between Japan and the Republic of Korea. Ahead of this historical event, the Asahi Shimbun conducted a public opinion survey jointly with the Dong-A Ilbo, a South Korean major daily, in Japan and South Korea. In the survey, respondents were asked whether they think Japan and South Korea are now getting along well with each other. In response to this question, both nations showed harsh views, with a total of 86% in Japan and a total of 90% in South Korea answering in the negative. The survey results also showed their strong desire to turn the bilateral relations around.
The survey in Japan was conducted from May through June by mailing a questionnaire form, and the survey in South Korea was conducted over the telephone over a period of two days in late May. The same questions were asked in Japan and South Korea, with some questions asked only in Japan. A joint survey was conducted in 2012 as well. Those thinking Japan and South Korea are now getting along well with each other accounted for a total of 7% in Japan and for a total of 3% in South Korea. In the previous survey taken five years ago, about 30% in both countries answered “yes.” Asked about the future of bilateral relations between the two nations, a total of 64% in Japan and a total of 87% in South Korea said they hope to see the bilateral relations change for the better.
The Asahi Shimbun and the Dong-A Ilbo started their joint polling in 1984.