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Survey: Nearly 60% suspect foreign countries engage in ‘information manipulation’; Increase in AI-generated disinformation reflected

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The percentage of people who suspect foreign countries are engaged in “information manipulation” is 59.3%, according to a foreign affairs poll published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

As the spread of AI-generated disinformation becomes an increasing problem, an increasing number of people are believed to be wary of attempts by foreign countries to influence public opinion.

Of the 59.3% of respondents, 88.7% said they “verify” or fact-check information.

As for sources used for fact-checking, where multiple answers are allowed, 29% said “information from the Japanese government, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs” and 23.4% said “news reports in the Japanese press.”

When asked whether the security situation in East Asia has deteriorated, more than 80% of respondents agreed, with 51.3% answering ‘very much’ and 32.9% answering ‘somewhat’.

The survey was conducted by telephone from March 16 to 20. A total of 700 men and women aged 18 and over responded to the survey nationally.

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