The results and conclusion aren’t that surprising, but still worth noting. In a survey of 1,000 Chinese and 1,000 Japanese citizens conducted by Kyodo News, an overwhelming 2/3 of those surveyed said they were boycotting Japanese products in protest for the government purchase of the much contested Senkaku / Diaoyu Islands.
79% of the Chinese respondents believe that what the Japanese government did was “incomprehensible” and 24% participated in the various anti-Japanese protests and boycotts that happened all over the country. However, 74% said that the protests, which turned violent a few times, “went too far”. 32% of the Chinese surveyed said that the Japanese were trustworthy while a very lowly 5% of the Japanese respondents think that the Chinese themselves are to be trusted. The younger respondents from China had a higher trust rating for their East Asian neighbours with 40% believing that they could be trusted. Surprisingly (or not surprising at all if you’re a bit cynical of their government), 63% of those polled did not know that Japan has offered loans to China worth more than 3 trillion yen.
In a figure that has relevance to both countries’ tourism industry, 65% of both sets of respondents have no interest in visiting the others’ country. The good news is that 71% of the Chinese and 60% of the Japanese believe that in spite of all the issues, bilateral ties between the two countries should still continue to foster the economic development of both.[ via Voice of America ]