The results of a survey commissioned by Japan’s Foreign Ministry showed that more than 90% of respondents from seven Southeast Asian countries believe consider Japan a “reliable friend” for their countries. The survey also revealed that 33% of respondents chose Japan as the most trustworthy country out of 11 choices, which includes the United States, Great Britain, Australia and China.
The online survey conducted by Ipsos Hong Kong last March showed that 91% of respondents from Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Myanmar believe that Japan has been a constant friend to the Southeast Asian region and 94% believe that their countries have good relations with the world’s third largest economy. 90% also believe that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe‘s moves to pursue peace through international cooperation has been responsible for maintaining security not just in the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations, but also throughout Asia. 92% of the respondents also said that Japan is playing a big role in the development of the region and that their economic and technical expertise extended to other countries is responsible for a lot of this development, as per 83% of those polled.
When asked which among the 11 countries, which also include France, Germany, India, New Zealand, Russia and South Korea will become an important player in the continued development of the ASEAN region, Japan was again the number one choice, with 60% of respondents choosing them over the other countries. China followed at 43%, while the US was third at 40%, and South Korea got 35% of the answers.
[via Jiji Press ]
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