BBC Global Poll: Japan Has Most Positive Influence in the World

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    The BBC World Service has conducted its annual poll measuring perceptions of different countries’ influence in the world. Japan has topped the ranking:

    “Japan is seen as having the most positive influence in the world among all countries evaluated, and views have improved slightly since 2011. On average, in the 21 tracking countries surveyed, 58 per cent of respondents hold positive views of Japan’s influence (up from 56% in 2011), and 21 per cent hold negative views (up 1 point from 2011). This very favourable global picture is reflected in the picture by country: out of the 22 countries surveyed in 2012, 20 countries lean positive and only two lean negative (South Korea and China).”</blockquote>

    The full results can be viewed here (in PDF format).

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