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Pew poll: How the Japanese and Chinese see each other

Associated Press Associated Press 13/09/2016 By KEN MORITSUGU, Associated Press
FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012, file photo, Chinese demonstrators hold national flags while marching on a street during a protest against Japan in Chengdu, southwest China's Sichuan province Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012. The annual Pew Research Center survey, released Tuesday in Washington, D.C., found that while the views China and Japan have of each other have improved slightly in the past two to three years, they remain overwhelmingly negative and worse than a decade ago. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012, file photo, Chinese demonstrators hold national flags while marching on a street during a protest against Japan in Chengdu, southwest China's Sichuan province Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012. The annual Pew Research Center survey, released Tuesday in Washington, D.C., found that while the views China and Japan have of each other have improved slightly in the past two to three years, they remain overwhelmingly negative and worse than a decade ago. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

TOKYO — Arrogant, violent and to varying degrees, nationalistic. That's how the Japanese and Chinese publics see each other's country, according to a new poll that reflects the geopolitical tensions between the neighboring East Asia powers.

The annual Pew Research Center survey, released Tuesday in Washington, D.C., found that while views of each other have improved slightly in recent years, they remain overwhelmingly negative and worse than a decade ago. A huge surge in Chinese tourists visiting Japan apparently hasn't changed public opinion much.

Some highlights:

NEGATIVITY

Negative feelings spiked in 2013, after a long-running territorial dispute over some remote, uninhabited islands flared in 2012. They have climbed down since then but remain high.

Japanese with a very unfavorable view of China:

2006: 22 percent

2013: 48 percent

2016: 42 percent

Chinese with a very unfavorable view of Japan:

2006: 29 percent

2013: 74 percent

2016: 53 percent

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WAR FEARS

Japanese are more worried than Chinese that China's territorial disputes with Japan and other neighboring countries could lead to military conflict. The two nations' coast guard ships regularly assert sovereignty near the Japan-controlled Senkaku islands, which China also claims and calls Diaoyu.

Japanese very concerned about a conflict: 35 percent

Japanese somewhat concerned: 45 percent

Chinese very concerned: 18 percent

Chinese somewhat concerned: 41 percent

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ARROGANCE

How Japanese see Chinese:

Arrogant: 81 percent

Nationalistic: 76 percent

Violent: 71 percent

How Chinese see Japanese:

Arrogant: 70 percent

Nationalistic: 41 percent

Violent: 74 percent

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APOLOGIES

Japan has repeatedly expressed remorse for its invasion of China in the 1930s and 1940s, but China has questioned the sincerity of the official statements and accused some in Japan of trying to whitewash history.

Japanese who believe Japan has apologized enough:

2006: 40 percent

2016: 53 percent

Chinese who believe Japan hasn't apologized enough:

2006: 81 percent

2016: 77 percent

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NEIGHBORS

Favorable view of South Korea:

Japan: 27 percent

China: 55 percent

Favorable view of India:

Japan: 54 percent

China: 26 percent

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METHODOLOGY

The survey of 1,000 Japanese was conducted between April 26 and May 29 using landline telephones and cellphones. The Japan results have a margin of error of 4.1 percentage points. The survey in China was conducted face-to-face with 3,154 people between April 6 and May 8. It has a margin of error of 3.7 percentage points.

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