About 70 per cent of respondents in a recent Yomiuri Shimbun survey said they thought past Asahi Shimbun articles that contained false testimony about so-called comfort women had a negative impact on Japan's image in global society.
The Asahi retracted the reports, which contained false claims that Korean women were forcibly taken away by the Imperial Japanese Army as comfort women. Seventy-one per cent of the survey's respondents said the articles had a negative impact on Japan, while 16 per cent said they did not.
Among those who said the articles had adversely affected Japan, 78 per cent were men and 65 per cent were women.
By age, 71 per cent of those who said the articles harmed Japan were in their 20s and 30s, 76 per cent were in their 40s and 50s, and 68 per cent were 60 years old and older.