SKorean students rank nation’s enemies – Japan, NKorea, America?By Nathan Schwartzman Jun 24, 2011 1:48AM UTC
Original article in Korean is at this link.
Many teenagers think that the Republic of Korea’s greatest enemy is not North Korea but Japan, a study has found. The Korea Advanced Youth Association (한국청소년미래리더연합) and Teengora Media (틴고라미디어) surveyed 2,500 middle and high school students at over 400 schools nationwide, finding that although 63.5% believe that North Korea was responsible for the sinking of the Cheonan, 44.5% said that Japan is our greatest enemy, it was announced on June 23.
With regards to the cause of the sinking of the Cheonan, 20.7% (403 students) said it was uncertain, 12.0% (235) said they didn’t know, 3.8% (74) said it was due to running aground on a submerged rock, and 63.5%(1,239) said it was due to an attack by North Korea, so the majority thought it was due to a North Korean attack.
As for what response our country should make if there were another attack from North Korea, 27.7% (534) said to respond diplomatically through the Sunshine Policy, 12.8% (246) said they did not know, and 59.6% (1,149) said there should be a strong response or immediate military action, making a strong response to a North Korean attack the most popular response.
Asked about enemies, 44.5% chose Japan, 22.1% chose North Korea, 19.9% chose the United States, 12.8% chose China and 0.6% chose Russia, showing that 44.5% of teenagers believe that Japan is an enemy.