This is not shocking to me at all. I know a lot of Japanese people who are “annoyed” with America’s politics, this might change after Bush is gone though.

Record 20% of Japanese say U.S.-Japan relations not good


THE ASAHI SHIMBUNA record one in five Japanese says relations between Japan and the United States are not what they should be, according to a survey released Saturday by the Cabinet Office.

However, more Japanese feel that relations with South Korea and China are improving, compared to last year’s poll.

The percentage of Japanese who feel the country’s relations with the United States are still good decreased to 76 percent from 83 percent in October 2006. Those who said Japan-U.S. relations are not good increased to 20 percent from 12 percent.

Those who said Japan-South Korea relations are not good dropped to 45 percent from last year’s record-high 57 percent. Those who said the relations are good rose to 50 percent from 34 percent.

The poll also said 26 percent of Japanese regard Japan-China relations as good, up 4 percentage points from last year.

The poll on Japan’s foreign relations was conducted in October, covering 3,000 people aged 20 or older nationwide. A total of 1,757 people, or 59 percent, gave valid responses.(IHT/Asahi: December 3,2007)