SEOUL, June 10 (Korea Bizwire) — For two consecutive years, the mutual perception between South Koreans and Japanese has been at its ‘worst’ since the normalization of Korea-Japan relations in 1965.
South Korean newspaper Hankook Ilbo and Japan’s Yomiuri Shimbun conducted a survey of 1,000 South Koreans and 1,063 Japanese, in which 81 percent of Japanese and 89 percent of South Koreans said that current Korea-Japan relations were ‘bad’.
The South Korean response was 0.7 percentage points lower than last year, while the Japanese response was 3 percentage points lower. Only 6.2 percent of South Koreans and 15 percent of Japanese felt that the two countries were in a ‘good’ relationship.
Trust was also an issue, as 80 percent of South Koreans and 69 percent of Japanese said they could not trust each other.
Asked about the release into the sea of contaminated water from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant, 94 percent of South Koreans said they could not accept it, while 47 percent of Japanese said they could.
Japan, however, showed interest in South Korean culture.
Asked about their favorite parts of the neighboring country’s culture, Japanese had deep interest in South Korean food (68 percent), movies/TV series (40 percent), music (40 percent), and fashion (27 percent).
South Koreans, on the other hand, mostly showed no interest in Japanese culture (43.2 percent), except for cartoons/animations (26.4 percent) and Japanese food (23.7 percent).
H. M. Kang (firstname.lastname@example.org)