A survey conducted by a leading Japanese newspaper and research company Gallup show that 55% of the Japanese respondents believe that the relationship between Japan and its closest ally the United States is “good.” This is the highest percentage it has been since the survey started in 2000.
The survey was conducted through phone and in both Japan and the United States from November 18-24. Among Japanese respondents, 55% believe that relations with the U.S were “good” or “very good” while 21% said it was “poor” or “very poor,” which is down from 27% in the January poll. From the U.S. respondents, 48% said it was “good” or “very good,” which is lower than the 52% in January while those who think otherwise was at 13%, up from the previous 9%. The survey was conducted around the time when China announced its controversial air defense identification zone (ADIZ), which both Japan and the U.S. are opposed to, which may have affected the respondents’ perception as well. The current administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has made sure that relations with its ally is strengthened as they continue to face threats from China’s growing military presence as well as North Korea‘s ongoing nuclear weapons program.
Not surprisingly, 87% of the Japanese respondents said that relations with China were “poor” or “very poor,” which is 2% higher than the previous survey, making it the worst results since 2000. But only 21% of U.S. respondents said that their relations with China were “poor” or “very poor.” 88% of Japanese respondents said they did not trust China and as for Japan’s other important East Asian neighbour, 72% said that they don’t trust South Korea either.
[ via Yomiuri ]