This paper compares the impressions towards honorifics in both Japan and Korea to clarify the differences in social perceptions of honorifics, based on the results of the "Public Opinion Poll on the Japanese Language" in Japan and the "People's sense of Language" in Korea.
As a result, concerning the "degree of interest in the 'national language,'" interest in honorifics in Japan and South Korea contributed to an increased degree of interest in the national language as a whole. Similarly, concerning the "elegance of words," honorifics were a factor in Japanese being perceived as elegant. Regarding "appropriate word use," there was a strong likelihood for Japanese people to associate misidentification of honorifics with "undisciplined word use.“ Also, the questions related to honorifics were compared. As a result of the analysis, tendencies in Japan and Korea regarding "the course of honorifics in the future," "the role of honorifics in building human relationships", and "recognition of grammatical structure and knowledge of honorifics" became clarified.