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Opinion Poll on Japan in Five Middle Eastern Countries

August 29, 2019

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan commissioned IPSOS Indonesia to conduct an opinion poll on the image of Japan in five Middle Eastern countries (Egypt, Tunisia, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates) from February to May in 2019 with 1,000 respondents in Egypt and 500 respondents in each of other four countries aged from 18 to 69 through telephone interview. (Note: The last opinion poll was conducted in the same Middle Eastern countries in 2016.)

1. 77% of the respondents answered “very friendly” or “somewhat friendly” on how they viewed their country’s relations with Japan. 78% of the respondents answered “very reliable” or “somewhat reliable” on how they rate Japan as a reliable friend.

2. 82% of the respondents answered that Japan has consistently followed the path of a peace-loving nation for the past 70 years since the end of the World War II.

3. 84% of the respondents answered “a very important role” or “somewhat important role” on what extent Japan plays an important role in stabilization and growth of the world economy. This proves that Japan’s contribution to the world economy is appreciated.

4. 83% of the respondents answered “very valuable” or “valuable” on how they rate Japan’s proactive contribution to the peace and stability of the region and the international community for maintaining global peace and establishment of international order.

5. 81% (previous survey: 80%) of the respondents answered positively on whether Japan’s economic and technical cooperation is beneficial for the development of the Middle East region.

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