Koreans' Affection for Japan at Historic Low

  • By Choi Yeon-jin

    July 15, 2019 12:45

    Koreans' view of Japan is at its dimmest in living memory after Tokyo restricted exports of goods vital to Korean IT giants.

    In a poll of 1,005 adults by Gallup Korea last week, a mere 12 percent of respondents said they have a favorable view of Japan. That is the lowest since the poll started in 1991.

    Seventy-seven percent said they do not like Japan. Sixty-one percent hold the Japanese government responsible for the latest conflict between the two countries, compared to just 17 percent who blame the Korean government. Sixty-seven percent said they are willing to join a boycott of Japanese products.

    But President Moon Jae-in's approval rating also suffered, falling four percentage points from the week before to 45 percent. His disapproval rating also stood at 45 percent.

    Moon's approval rating recovered slightly when he met North Korean leader Kim Jong-un with U.S. President Donald Trump at the border truce village of Panmunjom on June 30, but then returned to the previous level.

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