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Are Japanese Friendly to Other Countries?

December 9, 2008

Do you have friendly feelings towards the USA? (Sample size=1,826)

Feel friendly 29.0%
Feel a little friendly 44.2%
Don’t feel very friendly 15.8%
Don’t feel friendly at all 9.0%
Don’t know

Do you have friendly feelings towards Russia? (Sample size=1,826)

Feel friendly 2.0%
Feel a little friendly 11.1%
Don’t feel very friendly 44.7%
Don’t feel friendly at all 38.7%
Don’t know 3.6%

Do you have friendly feelings towards China? (Sample size=1,826)

Feel friendly 7.0%
Feel a little friendly 24.8%
Don’t feel very friendly 32.4%
Don’t feel friendly at all 34.2%
Don’t know 1.6%

Do you have friendly feelings towards South Korea? (Sample size=1,826)

Feel friendly 13.3%
Feel a little friendly 43.8%
Don’t feel very friendly 24.9%
Don’t feel friendly at all 16.0%
Don’t know 2.1%

Do you have friendly feelings towards India? (Sample size=1,826)

Feel friendly 4.8%
Feel a little friendly 27.7%
Don’t feel very friendly 33.7%
Don’t feel friendly at all 26.5%
Don’t know 7.4%

Do you have friendly feelings towards Europe? (Sample size=1,826)

Feel friendly 14.1%
Feel a little friendly 43.5%
Don’t feel very friendly 22.5%
Don’t feel friendly at all 14.6%
Don’t know 5.4%

Do you have friendly feelings towards Africa? (Sample size=1,826)

Feel friendly 3.3%
Feel a little friendly 25.7%
Don’t feel very friendly 35.8%
Don’t feel friendly at all 28.1%
Don’t know 7.1%

Do you have friendly feelings towards South America? (Sample size=1,826)

Feel friendly 5.1%
Feel a little friendly 29.0%
Don’t feel very friendly 33.5%
Don’t feel friendly at all 25.9%
Don’t know 6.5%

Do you think Japan’s current relationship with the United States of America is amicable? (Sample size=1,826)

Amicable 18.1%
A little amicable 50.8%
Not very amicable 21.9%
Not amicable at all 6.2%
Cannot say either way 1.3%
Don’t know 1.7%

Do you think Japan’s current relationship with Russia is amicable? (Sample size=1,826)

Amicable 1.0%
A little amicable 19.6%
Not very amicable 49.5%
Not amicable at all 22.9%
Cannot say either way 2.1%
Don’t know 4.9%

Do you think Japan’s current relationship with China is amicable? (Sample size=1,826)

Amicable 2.5%
A little amicable 21.1%
Not very amicable 42.0%
Not amicable at all 29.9%
Cannot say either way 1.8%
Don’t know 2.6%

Do you think Japan’s current relationship with South Korea is amicable? (Sample size=1,826)

Amicable 6.7%
A little amicable 42.8%
Not very amicable 33.0%
Not amicable at all 12.9%
Cannot say either way 1.8%
Don’t know 2.8%

Do you think Japan’s current relationship with India is amicable? (Sample size=1,826)

Amicable 5.5%
A little amicable 38.0%
Not very amicable 31.5%
Not amicable at all 11.1%
Cannot say either way 2.6%
Don’t know 11.3%

Source: What Japan Thinks


Summary: Percentage of a little friendly and friendly

USA: 73.3%
Europe: 57.6%
South Korea: 57.1%
India: 32.5%
China: 31.8%
Russia: 13.1%

Looks like Japanese feel even less friendly to Russia than China…


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18 comments

  1. Not surprised at the lack of love for China, the conflicts between the countries are just too old. In mainland China older people talk about Japanese like how white Americans were talking about African Americans 50 years ago.
    Though I have to wonder just what did Russians every do to them.


    • Oh wow… It is that bad in China?

      The problem with Russia may be due to the dispute over Kuril islands. I think that the islands should be returned because they only were occupied by Soviets during the WWII.


  2. Speaking from a Chinese household, my parents dislike Japan. They don’t hate them, but they dislike Japan, and it’s really no wonder. Japan never apologized for what they did to China in World War II, which included torturing the civilians and using them as test subjects. Like two years ago, there was a protest in China as Japan recently released a new school book which said that they came to China to help them. With this kind of attitude, many aren’t going to forgive Japan. Just had to put my two thoughts in….


    • Kiki,

      Yes, I have many Chinese co-workers and the book issue often comes up in the conversations as well as Yasukuni shrine. However, Japan did give several official apologies, including the most recent one. It seems like those apologies were not sufficient for the other side though. Perhaps, Japanese should do something similar to what Willy Brandt did, but I highly doubt it will ever happen. I hope the relationships between China and Japan will improve.

      – – –

      Amayalee,

      It seems that Japanese are quite friendly to people from the US.


  3. Well, at least they don’t hate the USA completely. I was always under the impression that Japanese people found Americans very annoying. ^.^


  4. My god how the times have changed. All of the bitter resentment and malice of WW2 seems to be water under the bridge, at least for Korea. My parents generation would have NEVER thought that Japan and Korea would ever be on friendly terms. But alas, my generation has no qualms with Japan, and to be honest, the wars of our fore-fathers, should not dictate the relationships of our current generation. I see China and Japan still have a bit of a conflict, but that is to be expected. Some sad shit went down in WW2. Some really sad shit.


    • Indeed, it was very sad.

      I am glad to hear that the new generation has a warmer attitude toward Japan.


  5. No matter how they apologize it’s never going to be enough. The communist party had portrayed them as enemies and media gives people this image of monsters who only torture and steal from the good and righteous. Just like how Americans react negatively to terrorists, there’s nothing that anyone can do but wait for a new public enemy to appear.


    • It sounds like the communist government is only putting more salt on the wounds. I am sure the environment will become warmer eventually, but it might take a long time…


  6. If you ask them if they are friendly in Filipinos, they will say FUCK NO.


    • Oh, why so harsh?


  7. Chinese attitudes in themselves are interesting.

    One guy at work who’s been in the States for eight years now was talking about his homeland the other day.

    Even having been out of his country for so long, he on the one hand hates the government (he says he won’t ever go home for fear they will never let him leave the U.S) but to some extent still believes their doctrines.

    He has a lot of hatred for the Dalai Lama for example, saying that he isn’t a true spiritual leader but a terrorist figurehead for the Tibetan people.

    As for WW2 yes a lot of sad crap went down and wounds can take a long time to heal.

    I feel bad for the people who were so terribly abused and they deserve the apologies and they deserve for the truth to be told.

    Shame on the Japanese government for bending the truth in their history books.

    If you find the behavior of the past shameful, then teach your children about it so that it never happens again!

    I don’t particularly feel that the Chinese government is owed any kind of apology though.

    Especially considering how poorly they treat not only the Tibetans who want their freedom but their own citizens.

    They want apology after apology from the Japanese government over how badly their people were treated, yet they don’t check their own behavior when it comes to their citizens.

    I’m glad I was born and raised and live in countries where we have freedom of choice and hope one day the Chinese and Tibetan people will be able to say the same.

    That one day they will be able to have their voice be heard and not worry that they’ll be arrested for speaking the truth.


    • Wow… Such a view of Dalai Lami is quite surprising…

      If you find the behavior of the past shameful, then teach your children about it so that it never happens again!

      Very true!

      They want apology after apology from the Japanese government over how badly their people were treated, yet they don’t check their own behavior when it comes to their citizens.

      I have an issue with this kind of argument. I agree that Chinese government has plenty of room for improvement in human rights issues and, perhaps, they are asking too much from Japan, but even hypocritical remarks can be a valid argument. This is a form of ad hominem fallacy called tu quoque (“you too”). This fallacy relies on tarnishing one party instead of providing the evidence for or against the argument. What Japanese did to Chinese before, and what Chinese government is doing to the citizens now are two different issues. However, I agree that Chinese government should definitely improve their policies and treat their citizens better.

      I’m glad I was born and raised and live in countries where we have freedom of choice and hope one day the Chinese and Tibetan people will be able to say the same.

      That one day they will be able to have their voice be heard and not worry that they’ll be arrested for speaking the truth.

      Yes, I hope relations with Tibet will improve.


  8. I have an issue with this kind of argument. I agree that Chinese government has plenty of room for improvement in human rights issues and, perhaps, they are asking too much from Japan, but even hypocritical remarks can be a valid argument. This is a form of ad hominem fallacy called tu quoque (”you too”). This fallacy relies on tarnishing one party instead of providing the evidence for or against the argument. What Japanese did to Chinese before, and what Chinese government is doing to the citizens now are two different issues. However, I agree that Chinese government should definitely improve their policies and treat their citizens better.

    I agree that even hypocritical arguments can be valid :)

    I think what I was trying to say is that I don’t think there is a government in the world without blood on their hands.

    My own government I’m sure has committed terrible sins in the name of war.

    Holding grudges isn’t going to help anything but friendship can mean everything when your country needs help.

    I just wish everyone in the world could get along, sadly world peace will always be but a dream.


    • Oh, I see. Yes, every government is not without sins, and holding grudges will not solve anything. While the perfect world peace is unlikely, we can try to move closer to the ideal. It is best to forgive, but never forget.


  9. no wonder they feel not friendly at all towards the chinese. i can see why. even here tens of thousands of chinese were killed during the japanese occupation. you would be shocked if i tell you the methods they used. we were poor during that time (japanese occupation) but still we sent money back to china to help them buy airplanes in their struggle against the japanese.

    sorry if i make this sound like politics. i don’t have any problem with the current japanese people. in fact i love the japanese culture. i just get a little overheated when anyone mentioned WWII


    • Yes, Japanese committed many atrocities during that time, and the history should be acknowledged and remembered. Fortunately, the relations between younger generations are relatively good.


    • Yeah, I get a little heated too over the way the US used Atomic weapons on civilians!



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