They trust me!
The telephone survey was conducted in February and March, covering about 1,500 U.S. citizens aged 18 and older as well as 250 influential individuals.
"The numbers apparently reflect the importance the administration of (U.S. President Barack) Obama is placing on Japan," a senior ministry official said.
In response to a question asking which county is the most important partner for the United States in Asia, Japan topped the list, with 46 percent among the general public and 44 percent among influential figures.
China came a close second with 39 percent among the general public and 42 percent among influential people, apparently reflecting its growing influence in Washington's relations with and Asian countries.
Asked whether they support Tokyo's push for a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council, 57 percent of the influential individuals answered yes, up eight points from last year.
About 62 percent of the general public and 67 percent of the influential figures supported the idea of concluding a Free Trade Agreement between Japan and the United States.
Japan's got the Americans right where they want them :)