"Temperature difference" appears in the improvement of Chinese and Japanese people's impression. Chinese people have the highest degree of preference for Japan in 14 years.
Liu Junguo, a special correspondent for the Global Times in Japan, released the results of the "China-Japan Relations Public Opinion Survey" in 2018 in Tokyo on the 11th, jointly implemented by the Chinese Foreign Language Bureau and the Japanese NPO. Kyodo news agency said the survey showed that the proportion of Chinese people with a "good" or "relatively good" impression of Japan rose by 10.7 percentage points to 42.2 per cent from last year, exceeding 40 per cent for the first time since the survey began in 2005. The people of the two countries who believed that Japan China relations were "bad" were also below 50% for the first time in nearly 8 years.
The survey was conducted from August to September. A total of 1000 Japanese and 1548 Chinese participated. According to the survey, 56.1% of Chinese people have a "bad" or "relatively bad" impression of Japan, down 10.7 percentage points from 2017. For the current Sino-Japanese relations, the proportion of Chinese respondents who think "good" or "better" has risen from 22.8% in 2017 to 30.4%, and the proportion who think "bad" or "relatively bad" relations between Japan and China is 45.1%, down 19.1 percentage points from last year.
Japanese respondents had only 13.1% positive impressions of China and 86.3% negative impressions of China, not much different from last year's. For the current Sino-Japanese relations, the proportion of Japanese respondents who think "good" or "better" is only 7.2%, and the proportion who think "bad" or "relatively bad" is 39.0%, down 5.9 percentage points from last year.
Japan's "Daily News" commented on the 11th, "Chinese people have the highest degree of favor for Japan in 14 years, the Japanese and Chinese people's impression of improving the appearance of a"temperature difference ". With regard to the objective fairness of news media coverage of the relations between the other country and the two countries, 80.6% of the Chinese public recognized the Chinese media and 86.6% of the Chinese public believed that the Chinese media had contributed to the improvement of Sino-Japanese relations and the promotion of mutual understanding between the two peoples. Only 16.4% of the Japanese public recognized the objective fairness of the Japanese news media in reporting China-Japan relations, and 30.2% of the Japanese public believed that the Japanese media had contributed to improving China-Japan relations and promoting understanding.
Gao Anming, deputy director of the Chinese Foreign Language Bureau and vice president of the International Publishing Group, said on the 11th that the results of this year's survey show that the development of China-Japan relations this year and the change of feelings towards Japan are in line with the current momentum of improving China-Japan relations. But the public opinion foundation for China Japan relations is still not strong enough, and sensitive issues are still outstanding.
Regarding how to improve the Japanese people's good impression of China, Gao said that China is developing very fast. He hoped that the Japanese people would look at China's development with a more open mind. The Japanese media would report China more comprehensively, completely and objectively. He also hoped that the Japanese people would visit China more.
Kyodo News Agency said Tuesday that this year marks the 40th anniversary of the conclusion of the Sino-Japanese Treaty of Peace and Friendship. Relations between the two countries have improved significantly. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is seeking a recent visit to China.
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