October 9, 2005

Japanese do not count on Chinese as friends

An alarmingly low 31 per cent of the Japanese count on the Chinese as their friends and this number is less than half of those who call Americans friends, a survey among the Japanese says.

Of the 2,418 people interviewed by Japanese daily Mainichi Shimbun, 31 per cent said they were very much or somewhat friendly towards China, while 68 per cent said they did not feel so.

The survey found that sentiment was particularly negative among the younger generation, with more than 70 per cent in their 20s to 40s saying they did not feel friendly towards China.

Those friendly to the US reached 65 per cent, overwhelming the 33 per cent with negative views about Japan's closest ally.


No comments: