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70 Pct Want Japan to Take Strong Stance on China's Intrusions

70 Pct Want Japan to Take Strong Stance on China's Intrusions

   Tokyo, April 15 (Jiji Press)--Almost 70 pct of people in Japan want Tokyo to take a strong stance on intrusions into Japanese waters by Chinese coast guard ships, a Foreign Ministry survey showed Thursday.
   Asked what Japan should focus on in its China policy, 69.3 pct of respondents, the largest group, expressed such a wish, according to the poll.
   The survey showed that 50.3 pct, the second-largest group, want Japan to urge China to respect human rights, freedom, democracy and the rule of law and that 28.7 pct, the third-largest, hope for greater economic and personnel exchanges between the two countries.
   The results showed people's keen interest in China, the ministry said, expressing an eagerness to resolve pending matters between the two countries one by one while making necessary claims.
   The poll found that 82.4 pct of respondents think the security environment in East Asia has become increasingly severe. The figure stood at 84.9 pct in the previous year's poll.

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