By Ekaterina Vasileva.
Anti-China demonstrators in Tokyo in September. Image credit: Reuters.
According to a government survey of 3,000 Japanese citizens, 80 percent “do not feel an affinity with China”, a 9.2 point rise over last year, and the highest percentage since the survey’s creation in 1978.
Only 18 percent of responders stated they feel friendly towards China, and 92.8 percent described Japan-China relations as “not good”.
This cooling in Sino-Japanese relations has been attributed to the ongoing Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands dispute.
The Senkaku/Diaoyus dispute has fueled nationalist demonstrations in both China and Japan. Since February, the two countries have been involved in negotiations to solve the island dispute and have taken actions to prevent future confrontations.
[Via: Japan Crush]