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Most China and South Korea businesses say they can't work with Japan firms: Poll

Published on Jan 8, 2014 3:20 PM

TOKYO (AFP) - About 60 per cent of Chinese corporate leaders say they cannot do business with Japanese firms because of thorny relations between the two countries, a poll published on Wednesday showed.

About the same percentage of South Korean bosses said they tried to keep dealings with Japanese companies to a minimum, citing political tensions between the two countries.

However the survey, carried out jointly by the Nikkei of Japan, South Korea's Mail Business Newspaper and China's Global Times, found around 80 per cent of Japanese executives have no problem dealing with companies from the other two countries.

That stands in marked contrast to just 13 per cent of Chinese businessmen who said they were able to separate their company's dealings from the diplomatic frostiness.

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