A”; a Chinese, “B”; and a Taiwanese, “C”, and compares the special features of each learner. According to the results, the Korean, “A”, had no interest in Japanese people before learning the Japanese language, and held a negative image of Japan since learning historical facts during his junior high school days. Although “A” formed a positive image of Japanese people through personal encounters with Japanese people while studying abroad in Japan, the image reverted back to a negative one since finding a job in Japan and following personal encounters with Japanese people in his company.
The Chinese, “B”, came to hold a positive image of Japanese people through literary works, etc. even before learning the Japanese language, and the positive image remained after studying abroad in Japan. The Taiwanese, “C”, came to hold a positive image of Japanese people through Japanese dramas prior t43 o learning the Japanese language, and had a kind image of Japanese people he met while travelling in Japan. Furthermore, he met Japanese people during graduate school after studying abroad in Japan, and found that many of them behaved inefficiently. Those people, and the Japanese people he met during part-time work, gave “C” a negative image of Japanese people as being cold people whose internal heart and external attitudedo not match.
Whereas "B" currently has a positive image of Japanese people, "A" and "C" hold a strong negative image. Also, as to the cause for such changes in image, it could be seen that personal experience acted to have effects, and that the image of Japanese people formed through personal experience was diffused into images of Japanese people as a whole.