Diplomacy in Japan in 2011: part 1 of 2

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Do you have friendly feelings towards China? graph of japanese statisticsThe Cabinet Office Japan recently conducted a detailed survey into diplomacy, a topic they revisit about once every two years or so.

Demographics

Between the 29th of September and the 16th of October 2011, 3,000 people aged twenty or older were randomly selected from residency registers were approached for one-to-one interiews. Of the 3,000, 1,912 people, or 63.7% were resident at the adress and willing to answer the questions. 52.5% of the sample were female, 8.2% in their twenties, 14.7% in their thirties, 14.8% int heir forties, 16.6% in their fifties, 22.8% in their sixties, and 22.8% aged seventy or older. 44.4% were employed, 9.8% were self-employed, 2.9% worked in a family business, and 42.9% were one of full-time homekeepers, students, unemployed, or retired.

This survey was reported on last week in the papers, but the English translations seemed to focus mostly on the relationship between the USA and Japan; the level of relationships with Japan’s Asian neighbours is a much more interesting statistic, however.

Research results

Q1A: Do you have friendly feelings towards the United States of America? (Sample size=1,912)

Feel friendly41.4%
Feel a little friendly40.5%
Don’t feel very friendly9.1%
Don’t feel friendly at all6.4%
Don’t know2.6%

Q1B: Do you have friendly feelings towards Russia? (Sample size=1,912)

Feel friendly1.7%
Feel a little friendly11.7%
Don’t feel very friendly43.7%
Don’t feel friendly at all39.2%
Don’t know3.7%

Q1C: Do you have friendly feelings towards China? (Sample size=1,912)

Feel friendly5.5%
Feel a little friendly20.8%
Don’t feel very friendly34.8%
Don’t feel friendly at all36.6%
Don’t know2.3%

Q1D: Do you have friendly feelings towards South Korea? (Sample size=1,912)

Feel friendly20.3%
Feel a little friendly41.9%
Don’t feel very friendly19.8%
Don’t feel friendly at all15.5%
Don’t know2.5%

Q1E: Do you have friendly feelings towards India? (Sample size=1,912)

Feel friendly8.3%
Feel a little friendly32.5%
Don’t feel very friendly28.4%
Don’t feel friendly at all22.0%
Don’t know8.8%

Q1F: Do you have friendly feelings towards South-East Asia (Thailand, Indonesia, etc)? (Sample size=1,912)

Feel friendly12.7%
Feel a little friendly38.7%
Don’t feel very friendly23.6%
Don’t feel friendly at all17.4%
Don’t know7.7%

Q1G: Do you have friendly feelings towards Australia, New Zealand, other Pacific islands? (Sample size=1,912)

Feel friendly19.1%
Feel a little friendly41.8%
Don’t feel very friendly18.1%
Don’t feel friendly at all13.6%
Don’t know7.3%

Q1H: Do you have friendly feelings towards Europe? (Sample size=1,912)

Feel friendly19.0%
Feel a little friendly44.8%
Don’t feel very friendly18.8%
Don’t feel friendly at all12.4%
Don’t know5.0%

Q1I: Do you have friendly feelings towards Central and South America and Caribbean islands? (Sample size=1,912)

Feel friendly6.4%
Feel a little friendly30.8%
Don’t feel very friendly33.5%
Don’t feel friendly at all20.5%
Don’t know8.8%

Q1J: Do you have friendly feelings towards the Middle East? (Sample size=1,912)

Feel friendly1.7%
Feel a little friendly12.7%
Don’t feel very friendly38.1%
Don’t feel friendly at all37.6%
Don’t know9.9%

Q1K: Do you have friendly feelings towards African nations? (Sample size=1,912)

Feel friendly3.0%
Feel a little friendly20.1%
Don’t feel very friendly34.7%
Don’t feel friendly at all33.4%
Don’t know8.7%

Q2A: Do you think Japan’s current relationship with the United States of America is amicable? (Sample size=1,912)

Amicable20.8%
A little amicable52.6%
Not very amicable19.5%
Not amicable at all3.7%
Cannot say either way1.6%
Don’t know1.8%

Q2B: Do you think Japan’s current relationship with Russia is amicable? (Sample size=1,912)

Amicable1.0%
A little amicable16.0%
Not very amicable48.8%
Not amicable at all27.0%
Cannot say either way2.5%
Don’t know4.7%

Q2C: Do you think Japan’s current relationship with China is amicable? (Sample size=1,912)

Amicable1.6%
A little amicable17.2%
Not very amicable45.3%
Not amicable at all31.0%
Cannot say either way2.0%
Don’t know2.9%

Q2D: Do you think Japan’s current relationship with South Korea is amicable? (Sample size=1,912)

Amicable10.0%
A little amicable48.5%
Not very amicable25.0%
Not amicable at all11.0%
Cannot say either way2.2%
Don’t know3.2%

Q2E: Do you think Japan’s current relationship with India? (Sample size=1,912)

Amicable7.5%
A little amicable44.2%
Not very amicable23.9%
Not amicable at all7.9%
Cannot say either way3.9%
Don’t know12.5%

Q3: Which of the following matters regarding North Korea are you interested in? (Sample size=1,912, multiple answer)

Japanese kidnappings problem84.7%
Nuclear problem65.0%
Missile problem52.0%
Asylum seekers problem50.5%
Political regime42.9%
North-South issues25.5%
Negotiations to normalize diplomatic relations between Japan and North Korea23.0%
Trade and other economic exchange, cultural exchange, sports exchange12.9%
Other0.9%
Nothing in particular3.9%
Don’t know0.8%
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