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Public sentiment toward Japan improves in South Korea, Genron NPO poll

  • September 28, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 8:04 p.m.
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Tokyo, Sept. 28 (Jiji Press) — Public sentiment toward Japan improved in South Korea this year compared with 2020, a joint survey by Japanese and South Korean think tanks showed Tuesday.

 

The total share of people in South Korea who have a bad or relatively bad impression of Japan fell to 63.2 pct in 2021 from the previous year’s 71.6 pct, the highest level since the survey began in 2013 amid a wartime labor dispute between the two countries and Japan’s stricter controls on exports to South Korea.

 

But this year’s result was still higher than the 49.9 pct marked in 2019, according to the survey by Japan’s Genron NPO and South Korea’s East Asia Institute.

 

The share of people in Japan who have a bad or relatively bad impression of South Korea rose to 48.8 pct this year from 46.3 pct in 2020.

 

The survey, conducted between late August and mid-September, covered people aged 18 or over in Japan and South Korea. Answers were given by some 1,000 respondents each from the two countries.

 

“Public sentiment in Japan and South Korea toward each other has calmed down compared with last year, but remains considerably low,” Genron NPO President Yasushi Kudo said.

 

The survey showed that the share of people who think relations between the two countries should improve came to 71.1 pct in South Korea and 46.7 pct in Japan.

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