Almost 70% of people in Japan want the government to take a strong stance on intrusions into Japanese waters by Chinese coast guard ships, a Foreign Ministry survey showed Thursday.
Asked what Japan should focus on in its China policy, 69.3% of respondents, the largest group, expressed such a wish, according to the poll.
The survey showed that 50.3%, the second-largest group, want Japan to urge China to respect human rights, freedom, democracy and the rule of law and that 28.7%, the third-largest, hope for greater economic and personnel exchanges between the two countries.
The results showed people’s keen interest in China, the ministry said, expressing an eagerness to resolve pending matters between the two countries one by one while making necessary claims.
The poll found that 82.4% of respondents think the security environment in East Asia has become increasingly severe. The figure stood at 84.9% in the previous year’s poll.
This indicates that a sense of crisis remains strong about North Korea’s missile and nuclear programs and China’s hegemonic actions.
The latest poll showed 67.6% of respondents expect Japan-U.S. ties to be bolstered in the security field, followed by 51.4% in the economy, trade and finance sectors and 38.9% in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
The ministry conducted the telephone poll from March 20 to 23. Valid answers were given by 1,000 people aged 18 or over.
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