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Japan companies concerned over PM Abe's forceful approach to China ties: Poll

Published on Mar 20, 2014 4:29 PM

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese companies are concerned about Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's forceful diplomacy with neighbours like China, at a time when demand from Asia's giant appears to be ebbing, a Reuters survey showed.

More than half the executives in the Reuters Corporate Survey said demand from China is peaking or declining.

The survey showed a quarter are concerned about the impact of Mr Abe's approach to foreign policy, which has inflamed tensions with China and South Korea. Forty-six per cent said it has not affected them, and 29 per cent said they were unsure.

Japan's ties with China and Korea have worsened over bilateral territorial disputes and a feeling in Seoul and Beijing that Tokyo has not atoned for its wartime aggression, especially with Mr Abe's December visit to the Yasukuni shrine, which Japan's neighbours consider a symbol of its wartime and colonial brutality.

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