September 02, 2022 13:30
Koreans and Japanese hold more favorable views of each other than they used to, a poll suggests, particularly young people who have more exposure to each other's country through travel and pop culture.
The poll of 2,023 Koreans and Japanese was conducted by the East Asia Institute in Korea and Genron NPO of Japan.
Some 30.6 percent of Korean respondents hold a favorable view of Japan, up 10.1 percentage points from a year ago, while 30.4 percent of Japanese see Korea favorably, up five percentage points.
It seems goodwill has returned to levels last seen before 2019, when Koreans boycotted Japanese products amid a spat over historical issues. Mutual opinion has improved for the first time since 2016.
Downright unfavorable views decreased apace. Some 52.8 percent of Koreans still have a negative image of Japan, down 8.6 percentage points, while 40.3 percent of Japanese have a low opinion of Korea, down 8.3 percentage points.
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