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Modern Perception of Japan by Vladivostok Citizens (Based on a 2021 Survey)

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This article presents an analysis of the contemporary perception of Japan by the Vladivostok citizens, as well as their views of the current state of Russia-Japan relations and their prospects. The research is based on the results of a survey conducted in May–September 2021 by the Public Opinion Studies Laboratory of the Institute of History of the Far East Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The data obtained are compared with the results of similar investigations of previous years and Vladivostok people’s views of other countries that are significant for Vladivostok, namely, China, the USA, India, and the two Koreas.

The authors point out that the Japanese factor has played an important role in the history of the city, and therefore Japan attracts so much attention of the city’s dwellers. In their opinion, the high level of attractiveness of Japan which, in the past two decades, has been recorded by public opinion surveys in Vladivostok and other centers of Pacific Russia is based, primarily, on the people’s interest in the unique culture of the Land of the Rising Sun, their high assessment of the economic and technological development of Japan and the prosperity of the Japanese people. At the same time, the historical experience of Russia-Japan relations and the political contradictions existing between the two countries make a large part of the respondents (about one-third of their total number) believe that there are threats to Russia from Japan, which are naturally associated with Japan’s territorial claims. Yet, the Vladivostok residents, for the most part, demonstrate a fairly high level of trust in Japan, positively assess the quality of current Russia-Japan relations and prospects for their future, and favor their active development. 

About the Authors

V. L. Larin
Institute of History, Archaeology and Ethnography of the Peoples of the Far East, Far-East Branch of RAS
Russian Federation

Larin Viktor Lavrent’evich - Academician of RAS, Doctor of Science (History), Head of the Center for Global and Regional Studies, 

89, Pushkinskaya Str., Vladivostok, 690950

L. L. Larina
Institute of History, Archaeology and Ethnography of the Peoples of the Far East, Far-East Branch of RAS
Russian Federation

Larina Liliia L’vovna – Candidate of Sciences (History), Head of the Public Opinion Studies Laboratory, 

89, Pushkinskaya Str., Vladivostok, 690950


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Larin V.L., Larina L.L. Modern Perception of Japan by Vladivostok Citizens (Based on a 2021 Survey). Russian Japanology Review. 2022;5(2):34-58.

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