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Large number of ordinary Japanese not cordially disposed to S. Korea: poll

All News 10:38 March 13, 2016

TOKYO, March 13 (Yonhap) -- A large number of ordinary Japanese are not cordially disposed towards South Korea, a local polled showed Sunday.

According to a poll released by the Mainichi Daily and other news outlets here, 64.7 percent of adults said they did not have friendly feelings towards the neighboring country.

Of respondents, 33 percent said they had warm feelings about South Korea.

The poll was conducted from Jan. 7 through Jan. 17.

Compared to a similar survey conducted in October of last year, the percentage of people who felt positively gained 1.5 percentage points, while negatives feelings were down 1.7 percentage points.

The modest shift has been attributed to the two countries reaching agreement on the thorny "comfort women" issue at the end of last year.

On Dec. 28, Seoul and Tokyo agreed to "finally and irreversibly" resolve the issue on forced sexual slavery of South Korean women by the Japanese military during World War II.

In the same survey, Japanese sentiment towards China reached its lowest ebb since polls on the matter were started in 1978.

The latest numbers revealed that 83.2 percent of Japanese adults were disposed against its Asian rival, up 0.1 percentage point from 2014. Those that said they had cordial feelings stood unchanged at 14.8 percent.

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