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Poll Shows Japanese Opinion of China at Record Low

The Japanese public's opinion of China is at its lowest level since the government began a poll on the topic 28 years ago.

The Cabinet Office poll conducted in October found less than a third, 32 percent, of the more than 1,500 respondents said they had friendly feelings toward China.

Seven in ten (71 percent) also said ties between Japan and China were not good.

The Japanese government survey also showed that the number of people who have positive feelings about South Korea fell for the first time in four years to 51 percent. And there was big drop in people saying ties with the country were good, down 16 percentage points.

Japan has been at odds with its two neighbors over Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's visits to a Tokyo shrine that commemorates Japan's military dead, including convicted war criminals.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.

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