Japanese Prefer Koreans to Chinese

  • By Choi Eun-kyung

    February 28, 2022 13:21

    More Japanese feel friendly towards Koreans than in 2019, a poll suggests.

    The poll of 1,314 people across Japan about their views of foreign countries by the Mainichi Shimbun was published last Thursday.

    Koreans' score rose from 1.9 points in 2019 to 2.3 points out of five while the score of the Chinese fell 2.1 points to 1.9 points.

    Koreans scored lower than the Chinese for the first time in 2019 amid soured relations between the neighboring countries, but Korea's image seems to have improved since then, especially among Japanese women. The daily said the Chinese probably scored lower because of alarming human rights abuses in the world's most populous country.

    Meanwhile, 44 percent of respondents were against the Japanese government’s plan to discharge radioactive water from the stricken Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, compared to 37 percent who said there is no other choice.

    Fifty-three percent of respondents in the Tohoku region, to which Fukushima belongs, opposed the water discharge plan. Tokyo plans to discharge the radioactive water into the coastal sea after treating it with multi-nuclide removal equipment called ALPS.

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