Opinion Poll on Japan in Six ASEAN Countries (Summary of Results)
May 1, 2008
- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs commissioned TNS Singapore to conduct
an opinion poll on Japan in six ASEAN countries (Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines,
Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam) during February and March 2008. This
poll was conducted either through interview or online to 300 nationals or
permanent residents aged 18 or more in each country.
- On their relations with Japan, more than 90% respondents in each country
answered “friendly” or “somewhat friendly”. Also more than 90%
answered they considered Japan as a “trustworthy” friend or “trustworthy
with some reservations”, indicating a widely positive image of their relations
- On their image of Japan, in descending order, the first place went to
“technologically advanced country” (86%), the second “economically advanced
country” (79%) and the third “a country with a high standard-of-living”
(75%), indicating a strong image of a leading scientific and technological
power and a rich developed country. Also in the fourth place were
“country with interesting culture” (69%) and “country with beautiful
natural scenery” (69%), followed by the sixth place “country that transmits/spreads
the animation/fashion/culinary and other contemporary culture around the
world” (61%). As seen in the above answers, high interest was shown
in the Japanese culture (traditional and modern) and its beautiful scenery.
On the Japanese people, such image as “hardworking”, “efficient”,
“polite” and “work well as a team” dominated the top ranks.
- On Japan’s international contribution, 92% in the six countries as
a whole gave a positive answer that the economic and technological cooperation
of the Japanese government have been helpful, 93% welcomed Japanese companies’
business in their countries, and 87% were positive toward Japan’s active
role in the development of Asia, so that a high evaluation was indicated
for Japan’s international contribution, especially in economic terms.
- To the question of which country is an important partner for the ASEAN
countries, the evaluation results in the six countries as a whole were:
China (30%), Japan (28%) and the United States (23%) in descending order.
The result showed that there were divided views in the six countries as
to the importance of Japan and China. Japan was ranked in the first
place in Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam, whereas China was at the
top in Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.
- To the question whether Japan should become a permanent member of the
United Nations Security Council, which was put to respondents who knew the
function of the Security Council, 78% gave a positive answer.
- Asked whether they knew that Japan has concluded or is negotiating Economic
Partnership Agreements (EPA)/Free Trade Agreements (FTA) with ASEAN countries,
41% in the six countries responded “yes”. Of these, asked what they
expect from an EPA/FTA, 27% said “investment and trade expansion”, another
27% “improvement and development of the economic structure of ASEAN member
countries”, 22% “strengthening of ties between Japan and ASEAN, not only
in the economic field” and 19% “technical support from Japan”.
- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has commissioned opinion polls for the ASEAN region six times in the past (1978, 1983, 1987, 1992, 1997 and 2002).