Almost 70% of Japanese do not know that Japan and China mark the 50th anniversary of the normalization of the diplomatic ties this year, according to the results of a Genron NPO poll. About 40% of pollees said that they are “dissatisfied by the state of the bilateral relationship today” and about the same percentage said arrangements should be made for the leaders of the two nations to exchange visits.
The poll was taken on July 23–Aug. 14 this year targeting Japanese age 18 or over, and valid responses were received from 1,000 people. Asked if they knew that this year marks the 50th anniversary of the normalization of bilateral ties with China, 32.6% said they were aware of the anniversary while 67.1% said they were not.
Some 43.9% said they are dissatisfied with the bilateral ties today while 6.1% said they are satisfied. Some 36.9% said an exchange of visits should be arranged between the leaders of the two countries as soon as possible, well exceeding the 11.2% who thought otherwise.
Only 8.3% of respondents said that the 1978 Treaty of Peace and Friendship between Japan and the People’s Republic of China is functioning well. The treaty stipulates that the two nations will seek to “develop relations of perpetual peace and friendship.”