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U.S. President Barack Obama, left, speaks as Shinzo Abe, Japan's prime minister, looks on during a joint news conference at the State Guest House in Tokyo, Japan, on Thursday, April 24, 2014.
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Japanese citizens don’t find Americans particularly honest or hardworking, according to a new poll on the state of relations between the two countries 70 years after the end of World War II.

While the Pew Research Center poll revealed that most Americans and Japanese “trust” each other either a great deal or a fair amount, opinions diverge when it came to assigning national traits. The vast majority of Americans view Japanese as hardworking, inventive and honest, but Japanese weren’t quite as eager to assign the same traits to Americans.

Only 37% of Japanese considered Americans “honest.” That rate dropped to 25% for “hardworking.” But 67% could agree that Americans were “inventive.” Aside from a few personal misgivings, both populations were united in their belief that the countries should maintain strong relations as China’s military power rises.

The poll surveyed 1,000 adults in the United States and Japan.

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