It is an alarming and deplorable situation. An annual survey released by the Cabinet Office on Dec. 20 showed that as much as 83 percent of Japanese people polled do not feel a sense of affinity toward China, while 66 percent of them gave the same answer with regard to their feelings toward South Korea. Both numbers are the worst on record since the government started taking comparable surveys in 1978.

An overwhelming majority of people in this country have negative sentiments toward Asian neighbors that the government calls “partners responsible for the peace and prosperity of the region and the international community.”

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