Korean students feel least friendly toward Japan, while Japanese students placed Korea as No. 2 on their list of nations they feel friendly towards after the United States, a survey has found.
The South Chungcheong Province chapter of the Korean Teachers and Education Workers' Union said Sunday that this was the result of a survey of 618 Japanese students and 521 Korean students by the culture and history team of the high school teachers' association of Kumamoto, Japan.
The survey showed that 44.9 percent of Korean students chose Japan as the nation they felt least friendly toward, followed by the United States with 42.8 percent and China with 7.5 percent. Japanese students named North Korea as the nation they felt least close to with 43 percent, followed by China (7.9 percent), Iraq (6.1 percent) and the United States (1.5 percent).
Korean students cited past colonial rule, history distortions and the Dokdo issue as reasons why they did not feel friendly toward Japan, while Japanese student said they felt close to Korea because it is their neighbor, they see Korean entertainers on TV and because the two nations have much in common.
Korean students cited Turkey as the nation they felt closest to with 16.1 percent due to the "friendship they shared during the Korea-Japan World Cup in 2002," followed by the Netherlands (15.1 percent), citing "coach Gus Hiddink," who led Korea's national soccer team during the World Cup, and "flowers." North Korea came in third with 13.6 percent.