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Institutional Trust and Democracy Perceptions in South Korea and Japan

LEE, SOOK JONG 1

1성균관대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study compares the citizens' trust in institutions in South Korea and Japan, and this institutional trust’s relationship with the citizens' perception on their country's democratic performance. South Koreans tend to trust their president, government, and NGOs more than Japanese while Japanese trust courts, political parties, military, police, media, and corporations more than South Koreans. Most of South Koreans and Japanese view their democracy functions well. As many previous studies have maintained, the more South Koreans and Japanese view their democracy functions well, their trust level in institutions has increased. This comparative analysis contributes to providing some empirical findings on the trust and democracy studies of South Korea and Japan.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.