75.9% of Japanese feel ‘close’ to Taiwan in 2021 survey | Taiwan News

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – In the 2021 “Taiwan Awareness Survey Report,” 75.9 percent of Japanese respondents said they felt “close” to Taiwan, while 64.8 percent thought Taiwan was “ trustworthy,” the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) in Japan announced on Thursday, January 20.

Most of those who said they felt close to Taiwan said they found Taiwanese to be “kind and friendly”; other major reasons include the two countries’ “long history of exchanges” and “strong economic ties”, according to the report. However, only 26.4% of respondents have actually visited Taiwan; 47.8% said they would like to after the pandemic is over.

46.6% of respondents felt closest to Taiwan among all Asian countries; only 3% felt close to China.

Regarding relations between the two countries, 71.4% of respondents believe that “the current relations between Taiwan and Japan are good” and 59.6% believe that “relations between Taiwan and Japan will develop in the future “. According to the survey, the main reason that contributes to Taiwan’s reliability stems from Taiwan’s “friendship of Japan”, which is followed by Taiwan’s “free and democratic values” and the perception of Taiwan as “a peaceful country. “.

Most respondents (40.7%) were most concerned about “how cross-strait relations (between Taiwan and China) would affect Japan.” Others are worried about problems related to the fishing industry (8.2%) and economic competition from Taiwan and Japan (6.8%); 24.4% of respondents think that there are no problems between the two countries.

Respondents believe that Taiwan and Japan should strengthen their exchanges in terms of economy (57.6%), tourism (57%), politics and security (41.6%), culture (34%) and disaster response training (19.5%).

In terms of general impression of Taiwan, 78.9% of respondents answered “friendly to Japan”, 47.3% answered “tasty food”, 43.4% answered “historical ties with Japan”, 31.6% answered “abundant tourist attractions” and 24.1% answered “internationally renowned semiconductor industry”.

When asked what kind of Taiwanese fruit they are most interested in, respondents’ top answers were bananas (57.6%), pineapple (57%), mango (44.2%) and lychee. (22.6%).

TECRO commissions the Central Research Services of Japan (CRS) to conduct the opinion poll every year. In November 2021, CRS interviewed 1,000 Japanese people between the ages of 20 and 89; those aged 20 to 79 were interviewed online, while those aged 80 to 89 were interviewed by telephone.

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