A couple recent events - Aso's comment to support Murayama's line, and sacking of the high rank officer of SDF for expressing a contradicting view - seem to have worked positively by soothing the long-held enmity many Asian people have had toward Japan.
I don't know what political situation was behind those events, but I suppose this certainly is a positive change especially for us Japanese doing business in those Asian countries. I remember how a woman made quite a scene in the bus by saying that Japanese slaughtered Chinese in the past war as soon as she knew I was from Japan. It was 7 years ago. I believe the situation now must be better than that time.