A poll showed how Russians estimate relations with Japan

© RIA Novosti / Dmitry Astahovoy Russia and Japan. Archival photoA poll showed how Russians estimate relations with Japan© RIA Novosti / Dmitry Astakhov

The number of Russians who believe that Russia and Japan as a whole had a good relationship for seven years has increased almost twice, showed the survey data of Fund «Public opinion» (FOM).

Poll «Omnibus» was held on 24-25 November in 104 localities, 53 subjects of the Russian Federation among 1,5 thousand respondents.

Respondents were asked to answer the question, they believe, at present, between Russia and Japan had a generally good or a bad relationship. And if in 2011 31% of respondents said the relationship is good, now this figure increased to 59%. Bad relations between the two countries in 2011 believed 39% of respondents, and in 2018 only 10%. The percentage of those who were undecided, no change — 31%.

According to the FOM, however, the opinion of Russians concerning partnership relations between the two countries to Russia in 2011 has not changed: 83% still considers it important for his country’s partnership with Japan. However, Russians are not so confident (78%), whether this relationship is Japan, in comparison with 2005 when the figure was 82%. Have also increased the number of those who believe that Japan’s partnership with Russia is not important — 4% to 9%.

In addition, according to the survey, 50% of respondents believe that the problem of the Kuril Islands are equally concerned both Russia and Japan, however, 20% still find this topic more important for Japan, 19% to Russia, 11% found it difficult and has not expressed a specific opinion. Answering the question «what should be the position of Russia at negotiations with Japan over the disputed Kuril Islands,» more than half (55%) said that «the island should belong to Russia and Japan should give up claims on them.»

Moscow and Tokyo many decades are in talks with the aim of developing a peace Treaty at the end of the Second world war. The main obstacle to this remains the issue of belonging of the South Kuril Islands: Japan claims the southern Kurile Islands of Kunashir, Shikotan, Iturup and Habomai, referring to bilateral Treatise on trade and borders of 1855. The position of Moscow consists that southern Kuriles became part of the Soviet Union at the end of the Second world war and the Russian sovereignty over them with appropriate international legal design, not subject to doubt.