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Tue Feb 19, 2013, 04:18 PM

Pew Poll: Japanese and Americans have a very positive view of each other

Both leaders are riding a wave of relative popularity at home, strengthening their hands in dealing with mutual international challenges. And, unlike the Japan bashing days of the 1980s, when fear and resentment poisoned popular sentiment, Americans and Japanese actually like each other now.

Meanwhile, about six in ten Americans today trust Japan, according to a Pew Research poll (the only nation they trust more is the United Kingdom, which is trusted by three quarters of Americans). And Japanese return the goodwill: 72 percent have a favorable view of the United States, one of the top favorability ratings among the 21 nations Pew Research surveyed last year. Moreover, three quarters of Japanese have confidence in Obama (compared with 25 percent who had confidence in George W. Bush in 2008).

Ultimately, the U.S.-Japan relationship has gone through numerous ups and downs in the last few decades. Americans’ fears that Japan Inc. will overwhelm them have subsided. Yet challenges remain: how to jointly deal with China, North Korea and Iran, and whether Tokyo will join with other Asian governments and Washington in creating a transpacific free trade area.

The Abe-Obama summit cannot be expected to resolve all these differences. But the Japanese and American people are more predisposed to resolve their differences than they have been for years. The summit could not be happening at a more opportune and critical time.

http://www.pewglobal.org/2013/02/18/how-america-and-japan-see-the-world/

I wondered why Americans did not trust Canada as much as or more than the UK in the poll cited above, but it turns out Canada was not one of the options to choose from.

I remember the 1980's when Japan was not very popular. Reagan was placing tariffs and 'voluntary' quotas on Japan. It is good to see that sentiment has changed on both sides since then.

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Response to pampango (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 04:24 PM

1. I once owned a US Army manual for occupied Japan.

It was a remarkable document with respectful, informative, caring insistence on treating the Japanese people decently.

Maybe that had something to do with it.

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Tue Feb 19, 2013, 04:34 PM

2. Great place, wonderful people, when I was there.

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Tue Feb 19, 2013, 06:18 PM

3. The Japan-US alliance is one of the most important regional ones in the world today.

 

It should be kept as strong and relevant as possible in the face of all the changes and developments that will probably happen in northeast Asia over the upcoming decades. Like many other places in the world, East Asia will be a volatile region.

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