Opinion Poll on Japan

April 5, 2018

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs commissioned Ipsos Indonesia to conduct an opinion poll on the image of Japan in five European countries (the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain and Poland) in March 2017. (The poll was carried out online using 500 respondents in each country who were eligible voters at the age of 18 or older). The results of the poll are as follows.

1. Relationship with Japan
70% of the respondents in the five countries overall answered “very friendly” or “somewhat friendly” with regard to how they viewed their respective country’s relations with Japan.

2. Reliable Relationship
66% of the respondents in the five countries overall answered “very reliable ” or “somewhat reliable” on how they rate Japan as a reliable friend.

3. Japan’s path as a peace-loving nation
When asked “How much do you value Japan as a peace-loving nation for the past 70 years since the end of World War II?”, 77% of the respondents in the five countries overall answered “a lot” or “to some extent.”

4. Japan’s Assistance for Europe
When asked “Considering refugee issues that European countries face, Japan announced at the 2016 G7 Ise-Shima Summit that it will spend 6 billion US dollars for assistance to refugees. At the UN General Assembly, Japan announced 2.8 billion dollars for assistance to refugees and supportive communities. In your opinion, to what extent do Japan's activities contribute to the resolution of refugee issues?”, 63% replied that these activities are “making a significant contribution ” or “making a moderate contribution .”

5. Contribution to the world economy
When asked “To what extent does Japan play an important role in stabilization and growth of world economy?”, 70% answered that Japan plays “a very important role” or “ somewhat important role.”

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