BBC Global Poll: Japan Has Most Positive Influence in the World
The results of a recent annual poll by BBC World Service rank Japan as having the most positive influence in the world among all countries evaluated. With the turmoil in Europe, EU countries have declined sharply – with Germany overtaken by Japan. Canada placed third in the polls, while the US was eighth. Global views of China (#5) continue to improve in 2012, confirming the trend seen last year.
In the report of the factors shaping perceptions of Japan: “Of those who said the Japanese influence in the world is positive, a strong plurality of 47 per cent says it is because of Japan’s economy, products, and services. Twenty-two per cent cite the Japanese traditions and culture. For those holding negative views, the foreign policy of Japan is the most widely-cited reason that explains their negative rating, a view held by 36 per cent. The Japanese economy, products, and services is the second most-cited reason (20%), closely followed by the Japanese traditions and culture, and the way Japan treats its people (both 19%).”
You can view the complete results in PDF format.