Weava Collection - Research on 3: bad for Japan (percent, States, apology, survivors, Obama)
- In a recent survey of survivors by Kyodo news agency, 78.3% said they saw no need for a US apology, especially if demanding one would prevent the president from coming.
- Among the nationalities, 64.9 percent of Japanese respondents thought Obama does not need to apologize but that he should commit to nuclear nonproliferation.
- Asked why they are not seeking an apology, a 70-year-old male survivor said, “Japan started the war,” while another male survivor, 73, said, “I want him to apologize but if we seek one, (Obama) may not come.”
- Some respondents said they cannot simply ask the United States to apologize, acknowledging Japan’s own wartime aggression.
- Nearly 80 percent of surveyed survivors of the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki said they are not seeking an apology from U.S. President Barack Obama during his visit to Hiroshima later in the week, a Kyodo News poll showed Sunday.
- Seven decades after a horrific war, and despite serious trade frictions in the past and a new challenge posed by China, Americans and Japanese share a mutual trust and respect that is the glue of the relationship.
- since both nations are functioning democracies, those ties also depend on the attitudes of the Japanese and American people.
- Roughly two-thirds of Americans trust Japan either a great deal (26 percent) or a fair amount (42 percent), according to a new Pew Research Center survey. And three-quarters of Japanese share a similar degree of trust of the United States, though their intensity is somewhat less (10 percent a great deal, 65 percent a fair amount).
- Nearly eight in 10 Japanese (78 percent) say it is more important to have strong economic connections with the United States, while only 10 percent cite China. Young Japanese are more likely than their elders to back a deeper economic relationship with the United States, but the preference for the United States among all age groups, and among all demographic subgroups in Japan, is still overwhelming.