84% of Koreans oppose the release of contaminated water in Fukushima, while 60% of Japanese people agree.
This is a survey conducted jointly by the Hankook Ilbo and Japan’s Yomiuri Shimbun.
It was found that the people of the two countries still distrust each other despite the need for economic cooperation between Korea and Japan.
Correspondent Youngjun Hyun in Tokyo reports.
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In a joint opinion poll conducted by the Hankook Ilbo and the Yomiuri Shimbun at the end of last month, it was found that 84% of Koreans oppose the release of radioactively contaminated water in Fukushima.
12% of the respondents said yes.
On the other hand, 60% of Japanese people said that it was OK to discharge contaminated water into the sea, and only 30% were against it.
The number of people from both countries who responded that Korea-Japan relations have improved has increased significantly메이저사이트.
Last year, only 17% of respondents said that the relationship between the two countries was good, but in this year’s survey, 43% in Korea and 45% in Japan soared.
However, trust in each other was still low.
71% of Koreans said they couldn’t trust Japan, and 58% of Japanese said they couldn’t trust Korea.
It is a little better than last year, but it means that the past history problems and the patrol plane incident have not completely disappeared.
Nonetheless, the people of both Korea and Japan had the idea that economic cooperation was important.
70% of Japanese and 64% of Koreans responded that economic cooperation should proceed despite conflicts over the past.
We also asked about the level of trust in the other head of state.
69% of South Koreans said they could not trust Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, while only 25% said they trusted him.
On the other hand, in the case of a survey of Japanese people, the answers of ‘trust’ and ‘not trust’ in President Seok-Yeol Yoon were similar at 43% and 40%, respectively.
It is possible to interpret that the forced labor solution and remarks related to past history are relatively well evaluated in Japan.
[Shinto Yoshitaka/Acting Chairman Jeongjo of the Liberal Democratic Party]
“The president has changed, and I think President Yoon has made a decision and worked hard to create a true relationship this time, the future of Korea and Japan.”
In this poll, it was found that both Koreans and Japanese do not think that the issue of compensation for forced labor has been completely resolved.
In the future, conflict between the two countries over the issue of forced labor could recur. This is MBC