This interesting survey from @Nifty looked at international relations, focusing on the most important coutries of China, the two Koreas and the USA.
I share the pessimistic view of Trump and his “successes” with his personal brand, with the China relationship, and with his dearest friend, Kim Jong Un of North Korea. For the average Japanese, though, I think the one thing they know the most about is Trump’s ill-founded remarks on car imports. With zero tariffs I’m sure more cars would be sold, of course, but the figures would still be microscopic as America simply does not build cars Japan either wants or needs in any significant numbers.
The Northern Territories are four islands that were invaded (or liberated, depending on your stand-point) by the Soviet Union between the dropping of the atomic bombs and the surrender of Japan.
The conscripted (or slave, depending again on your point of view) labour from the Korean pensinsula issue is from the average Japanese person’s point of view yet another example of Korea stirring things up with Japan just for the sake of internal politics.
Q1: How do you think the relationship between USA and China will develop? (Sample size=2,231)
Get more dangerous
Q2: How do you rate President Trump? (Sample size=2,231)
Can’t say either way
Q3: How many islands do you think should be returned by a settlement of the Northern Territories issue? (Sample size=2,231)
All four islands plus more
All four islands
Q4: How do you think the North Korea nuclear issue will develop? (Sample size=2,231)
No change from the current situation
Denuclearisation will proceed, but not as far as total nuclear disarmament
They will build more weapons, and proliferate in other countries too
They will build more weapons
Denuclearisation will proceed as far as total nuclear disarmament
Q5: How do you think the matter of compensation for World War 2 conscripted (slave) labour from the Korean peninsula should be handled? (Sample size=2,231)
As it has already been settled, no-one should pay any compensation
South Korean government should pay compensation
The matter should be dealt with by the International Criminal Court
South Korean companies that benefited from the 196x agreement should pay compensation
Japanese companies should pay compensation
Japanese government should pay compensation
South Korean third-party should pay compensation
Japanese third-party should pay compensation
Q6: How do you think cooperation with other Asia-Pacific nations on trade and defence should proceed? (Sample size=2,231)
Should strengthen cooperation
Maintain the current level of cooperation
Shouldn’t really strengthen cooperation
Between the 30th of November and the 6th of December 2018 2,231 members of the @Nifty monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographics were provided.
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