Yomiuri Shimbun November 2009 Japan-China Joint Public Opinion Poll (09-29)

Yomiuri Shimbun November 2009 Japan-China Joint Public Opinion Poll

Dates Conducted
Japan: November 14 and 15, 2009
China: November 14 – 24, 2009

Methodology
Japan : Yomiuri conducted the poll through individual interviews with males and females over the age of 20, using a stratified two-stage random sample of 3,000 voters in 250 different locations.  1, 796 people of those selected responded (Males 48%, Females 52%).

China:   The Xinhua’s Oriental Outlook Weekly magazine published by the Xinhua News Agency conducted the poll in phone interviews with males and females over the age of 20 in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Wuhan, Shenyang, Chengdu, Xi’an, Harbin, Qingdao, and Changsha.  1,261 people of those selected responded (Males 51%, Females 49%).

Key Issues

  • Japanese-Chinese relations
  • Issues of importance to Japanese-Chinese relations
  • Perceptions/impressions of the other

Disclaimer
The Mansfield Foundation is responsible for the translation of this Yomiuri Shimbun poll, subject to the Mansfield Foundation Terms of Use.

 

Survey

*All numbers are percentages

Q1.  Do you think the current state of the Japanese-Chinese relationship is good or bad?

Japan China
Very good 4 4
If I were to choose, good 41 46
If I were to choose, bad 39 34
Very bad 8 9
No answer 8 6

 

Q2.  Do you think China ( Japan ) is trustworthy or not trustworthy?

Words in parenthesis were conducted in China only  

Japan China
Greatly trustworthy 3 3
Somewhat trustworthy 25 31
Not very trustworthy 46 41
Not trustworthy 23 22
No answer 3 3

 

Q3. Do you think the Japanese-Chinese relationship will improve, worsen or stay the same in the future?

Japan China
Improve greatly 5 7
If I were to choose, relations will improve 29 46
Stay the same 50 31
If I were to choose, relations will worsen 10 8
Worsen greatly 2 3
No answer 4 5

 

Q4. In regards to the influence the Hatoyama Cabinet will have on Japanese-Chinese relations, do you think they will have a plus or minus influence?

Japan China
Will have a larger plus influence 29 31
Will have a larger minus influence 17 12
The plus and minus influence will be about the same 41 35
No answer 13 22

 

Q5.  In which areas do you think Japan and China should pursue cooperation? Please choose as many as apply:

Japan China
Politics/Diplomacy 48 38
Economy 52 50
National security 35 28
Resources/Energy development 38 31
Science technology 11 58
Environmental issues 49 43
Measures to combat infectious diseases such as pandemic influenzas 14 33
Education/Culture 14 46
Other 0 5
None/No answer 6 3

 

Q6.  In regard to China ’s economic development, do you think it will have a plus or minus influence on Japan ’s economy?

Japan China
Will have a larger plus influence 29 58
Will have a larger minus influence 31 10
The plus and minus influence will be about the same 34 25
No answer 6 7

 

Q7.  What are some issues you currently consider serious within Japan ( China )? Please choose as many as apply:

Japan China
Economy/Employment 82 48
Social security 41 37
Disparities such as economic 38 60
Declining birthrate and aging population 52 42
Environmental issues such as global warming 33 43
Food safety 21 39
Deteriorating safety of country 30 27
Other 1 4
Nothing in particular, No answer 1 2

 

Q8.  Developed countries such as Japan have set concrete numerical targets for decreasing the emissions from greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, which is considered the cause for global warming.  Do you think that China should also set a concrete numerical target for emissions or not?

Japan China
Should set numerical target 79 65
If I were to choose, should set numerical target 14 26
If I were to choose, does not need to set numerical target 2 4
Does not need to set numerical target 2 2
No answer 3 3

 

Q9.  Do you hold expectations or not of China displaying a leadership role in resolving the North Korean nuclear issue?

Japan China
Hold great expectations 45 44
Somewhat hold expectations 26 32
Do not hold very much expectations 19 16
Hold no expectations 6 3
No answer 3 5

 

Q10.  Do you think Japan has walked the path of a peace loving nation since World War II over 60 years ago?

Japan China
Agree 62 18
If I were to choose, I agree 30 35
If I were to choose, I disagree 4 19
Disagree 3 25
No answer 1 4

 

Q11.  Do you think the Beijing Olympics held in August of last year helped improve or not improve China ’s image?

Japan China
Image improved 22 80
If I were to choose, image improved 28 15
If I were to choose, image did not improve 23 4
Image did not improve 23 1
No answer 4 0

 

Q12.  Do you have an interest or not in the Shanghai World Expo being held in May of next year?

Japan China
Greatly interested 5 43
Somewhat interested 13 38
Not very interested 36 14
Not interested 45 4
No answer 1 1

 

Q13.  Which country or region do you think should shoulder the role as Asia ’s leader in the future?  Please choose up to two choices from the following:

Japan China
Japan 76 33
China 60 91
Korea 14 10
Taiwan 1 6
India 16 17
Thailand 1 0
Malaysia 1 2
Indonesia 1 1
Other ASEAN countries (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) besides Thailand,Malaysia, and Indonesia 2 1
Other, None in particular, No answer 5 2

 

Q14. Which country, China ( Japan ) or the United States , do you feel will be more important to Japan ( China ) in the future for “political” matters?

Words in parenthesis were conducted in China only

Japan China
China(Japan) 18 4
United States 52 44
Both are important 28 50
No answer 2 2

 

Q15.  Which country, China ( Japan ) or the United States , do you feel will be more important to Japan ( China ) in the future for “economic” matters?

Words in parenthesis were conducted in China only

Japan China
China(Japan) 46 6
United States 28 52
Both are important 24 41
No answer 2 2

 

Q16.  In order to improve Japanese-Chinese relations, which issues should be given priority to resolving?  Please choose one answer from the following:

Japan China
Joint development of the East China Sea gas field 20 20
Problems of copied merchandise and intellectual property rights 17 6
Issues of historical recognition 35 36
Territorial problems such as the Senkaku Islands 14 29
Other 0 3
None/No answer 13 7

 

Q17.  What is your perception of China as a country?  Please choose as many as apply from the following:

Japan China
Economically affluent 16 33
High technological skills 14 25
Military expansion 56 43
Strongly promoting Chinese traditions and culture 24 58
Protects natural environments 3 30
Safe country 2 33
Other 4 13
None/No answer 17 2

 

Q18.  What is your perception of Japan as a country?  Please choose as many as apply from the following:

Japan China
Economically affluent 33 60
High technological skills 70 60
Military expansion 3 29
Strongly promoting Japanese traditions and culture 17 29
Protects natural environments 19 38
Safe country 39 25
Other 1 5
None/No answer 5 6

 

Q19.  What is your impression of Chinese people? Please choose as many as apply from the following:

Japan China
Diligent 18 73
Generous 7 61
Kind 3 58
Sociable 4 40
Strong sense of patriotism 59 64
Have creativity 10 45
Have clear opinions 46 38
Rational 13 37
Other 2 6
None/No answer 12 1

 

Q20.  What is your impression of Japanese people?  Please choose as many as apply from the following:

Japan China
Diligent 64 43
Generous 19 11
Kind 36 22
Sociable 9 22
Strong sense of patriotism 9 52
Have creativity 11 48
Have clear opinions 4 33
Rational 14 28
Other 1 8
None/No answer 10 10

 

Q21. (Question only to Japanese) From the following list of items that relate to China , please choose as many as you are curious about or interested in:

Japan
Music, such as popular music 3
Movies 7
Entertainers 3
Home appliances 6
Chinese cuisine 34
Fashion 2
Chinese language 8
Chinese way of thinking 15
Culture 6
History 34
Famous places/historic sites 26
Herbal medicine 29
Healthy practices, such as tai chi chuan 16
Sports, such as gymnastics and table tennis 12
Handicrafts, such as embroidery 7
Traditional culture, such as Beijing opera 8
Other 0
None/No answer 19

 

Q22.  (Question only to Chinese) From the following list of items that relate to Japan , please choose as many as you are curious about or interested in:

China
Television programming 9
Anime, manga (cartoons) 32
Music, such as popular music 6
Movies 11
Entertainers 5
Cars/Motorcycles 43
Home appliances 53
Culture 9
Japanese food 21
Fashion 14
Japanese-style business management 18
Japanese language 11
Japanese way of thinking 16
Television games and computer games 16
Sports such as sumo and baseball 8
Traditional culture, such as Kabuki 13
Other 9
None/No answer 5

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