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ASEAN residents rank Japan 2nd after China as important partner for future: poll

A monitor at the Japanese Foreign Ministry in Tokyo shows an online meeting of foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations plus Japan, China and South Korea, on Sept. 9, 2020 (Mainichi/Kentaro Ikushima)

TOKYO -- Forty-three percent of residents from Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries chose Japan as an important future partner among the Group of 20 major economies, placing the country second behind China with 48%, a survey by the Japanese Foreign Ministry showed.

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs released on May 25 the results of a public opinion poll on Japan conducted in January on ASEAN countries. In a multiple-answer question asking respondents to choose a country that would be an important partner in the future among the G-20, 43% chose Japan, down 8 points from the previous survey. In the previous November 2019 survey, Japan topped the list with 51%, while China was second with 48%.

    The poll was conducted through a combination of online and face-to-face interviews with 2,700 local residents aged 18 to 59.

    Regarding Japan's progress as a peaceful nation in the postwar period, a total of 88% answered that they "highly approved" or "somewhat approved" the country's efforts. As for Japan's contribution to the stability and development of the global economy, a total of 90% answered that Japan "plays a very important role" or "plays a somewhat important role."

    (Japanese original by Motomi Kusakabe, Political News Department)

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