Public Opinion Poll on Japan in Canada

May 27, 2009

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs commissioned a Canadian research company to conduct an opinion poll on the image of Japan in Canada from March 12-19, 2009.

  1. Regarding Japan-Canada relations, 77% of the respondents answered affirmatively that Japan was a trustworthy friend. Among the Asian countries, Japan was perceived as sharing common values the most with Canada. However, the percentage of responses to the question of whether Canadian and Japanese people have a good understanding of each other was “poor” (51%) over “fair” (41%). This shows that, while Canadian people have generally a favorable image of Japan, they have limited knowledge about Japan.
  2. In response to the question of which Asian country is the most important partner of Canada, the respondents answered China (55%), Japan (20%), and India (6%) in order of responses. Regarding which country will become the most important partner of Canada in the future, the United States was the first (42%), China was the second (19%), and India was the third (17%), and Japan ranked the seventh (2%) in the world.
  3. Canadian perceived Japan as “a country with high technology” (97%), “a country that has great traditions and culture” (96%), and “an economically advanced country” (90%), in order of multiple responses. This shows that Canadians have a strong image of Japan being a technologically, advanced country with great traditions and culture. The top responses regarding images of the Japanese people included “respectful of tradition,” “hard-working,” “efficient,” and “polite.”
  4. With regard to the question of Japan’s international role, 54% of the respondents answered that Japan played an important international role commensurate with its economic strength (Japan's science and technology and contributions to the international economy were cited as particular reasons).
  5. As for the question of whether Japan should be a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, 73% of the respondents answered affirmatively.


This poll was carried out online with approximately 1,500 Canadian citizens aged 18 and over. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan has commissioned similar polls in Canada seven times in the past (1973, 1976, 1980, 1985, 1988, 1994, and 1999).


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