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Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011

Record 82% of Japanese feel friendly toward U.S.: poll

Kyodo

The rate of Japanese who feel friendly toward the United States rose to an all-time high of 82.0 percent in an annual survey by the government, up 2.1 percentage points from last year, the Cabinet Office said.

Those who said they don't have friendly feelings decreased 2.9 points to 15.5 percent, the lowest since the poll began in 1978.

The survey gauges public opinion on foreign affairs.

The Foreign Ministry attributed the increase to the U.S. military's relief operations that kicked in right after the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

Washington mobilized up to 16,000 personnel, around 140 aircraft and 15 vessels from its military for relief activities under Operation Tomodachi, named after the Japanese word for friend.

Questionnaires were given to 3,000 adults nationwide from September to October, with 63.7 percent providing replies.



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