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Japan's Abe as unpopular as Kim Jong Un: South Korea

Published on Feb 12, 2014 11:33 AM
Japanese PM Shinzo Abe (centre) delivers a speech calling for the return of the Russia-controlled Southern Kurils, which Japan claims as the Northern Territories, in Tokyo on Feb 7, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP  

SEOUL (AFP) - With Seoul-Tokyo relations at their lowest ebb for years, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is as unpopular with South Koreans as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, a new survey said on Wednesday.

Following Mr Abe's visit to a controversial war shrine in December, his already low favorability rating in South Korea declined to 1.0 on a 10-point scale, according to the poll carried out by the Asan Institute think-tank in Seoul said.

"This is the same favourability rating found for Kim Jong Un," the institute said.

Nevertheless, half of the Korean public said they supported the idea of a South Korea-Japan summit and nearly 60 per cent wanted President Park Geun Hye to take a proactive role in improving ties.

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