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Japanese feel closer to U.S. than China, but think both countries are important

  • May 18, 2020
  • , NHK
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NHK reported on the results of its survey of 3,600 Japanese people aged 18 or older from February to March, which found that while 72% of respondents said they feel close to the U.S., only 22% said they feel close to China. Meanwhile, when asked which country should be prioritized, 55% chose both, 34% selected the U.S., and 3% favored China. Keio University Professor Yasushi Watanabe, who specializes in the U.S., reportedly pointed out: “The fact that the Japanese people think that the U.S. and China are both important while they do not feel very close to China shows that they don’t want to spoil Japan’s relationship with China, including economic ties. I think they have a strong desire to avoid any military tension with China.” In addition, the network said when asked who they value the most among the past U.S. presidents since the end of the WWII, 54% favored President Obama, 17% chose President Kennedy, 11% selected President Reagan, 4% chose President Clinton, and 2% picked President Trump. Wall Street Journal Tokyo bureau chief Peter Landers reportedly said: “The Japanese people probably view President Obama’s visit to Hiroshima as the first incumbent president to do so as a great achievement.”

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