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61% say Japan should take firm stance on China’s intrusions into Japanese waters 

  • April 21, 2022
  • , Asahi, Mainichi, Yomiuri, Sankei
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All national dailies except Nikkei wrote that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs released on Wednesday the results of its survey of the Japanese people’s views on foreign relations. Asked about the issues Japan should focus on in diplomacy toward China with multiple answers allowed, 61.6% of respondents said Japan should take a firm stance on Chinese vessels’ intrusions into Japanese territorial waters and other actions. Regarding how Japan should deal with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, 64.6% said it should strengthen coordination with the international community, including the other G7 members, and 63.7% said it should accept evacuees from Ukraine more actively. Some 88% said they feel the security environment in East Asia is becoming more severe. The ministry speculated that the increasing military moves by China, North Korea, and Russia surrounding Japan may be affecting the Japanese public’s feelings about the security environment in the region.    

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