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Part 2: Outline of the Survey Results


V. Nation and Society

1. View on Your Nation

(1) Something to be proud of about your country
Q31  [HAND R CARD 30] Do you think your country has something to be proud of or not? 
If so, choose as many answers as you want from this card.
(MULTIPLE ANSWERS POSSIBLE)
  1. History and cultural heritage
  2. Nature and natural resources of the country
  3. Culture and art
  4. Religion
  5. Sports
  6. Science and technology
  7. Standard of education
  8. Possibility of development in the future
  9. Standard of living
  10. Social welfare
  11. Social stability
  12. Sense of national identity
  13. Law and order
  14. Free and peaceful society
  15. It has international influence and standing
  16. Other (specifically,                         )
  17. It has nothing to be proud of
  18. Do not know
  19. Refused

Given by the highest percentage of Japanese youth as something about their country they were proud of was "History and cultural heritage" (59.4%). The responses that followed were, in descending order, "Culture and art" (44.7%), "Science and technology" (39.9%), "Law and order" (34.3%), "Nature and natural resources of the country" (31.7%), and "Standard of living" (29.2%).

Comparing the five countries, similar to Japan, in the other four countries as well "History and cultural heritage" was given by the highest percentage ( South Korea : 60.2%; U.S.A. : 64.1%; U.K. : 51.9%; France: 58.2%). In South Korea, the responses that followed were, in descending order, "Culture and art" (28.0%), "Science and technology" (27.6%), "Sports" (21.6%), "Sense of national identity" (21.4%), and "Nature and natural resources of the country" (20.9%), all of which were given in the 20-29% range.
      In the U.S.A., the responses that followed in the 50-59% range were "Standard of living" (52.3%), "Sports" (51.9%), and "Science and technology" (50.8%).
      In the U.K., the response in the 30-39% range that followed was "Sports" (37.5%). Given in the 20-29% range were "Standard of education" (29.1%), "Standard of living" (28.0%), "Culture and art" (26.7%), "Nature and natural resources of the country" (26.4%), and "Social welfare" (20.7%).
      In France, the responses that followed were "Culture and art, " which was answered by 49.7%, "Nature and natural resources of the country, " by 33.1%.

Table 5-1-1-1: Something to be proud of about your country < CSV Data >
Table 5-1-1-1: Something to be proud of about your country

A comparison with the previous survey on Japanese youth shows that the percentages of those giving "Culture and art" (31.7% in the seventh to 44.7% in the eighth), "Science and technology" (same as above: 24.5% to 39.9%), "Law and order" (same as above: 28.9% to 34.3%), "Nature and natural resources of the country" (same as above: 19.5% to 31.7%), "Standard of living" (same as above: 24.6% to 29.2%), and "Sports" (same as above: 17.3% to 24.8%) were higher than those of the previous survey.

Table 5-1-1-2: Something to be proud of about your country (changes over the years) < CSV Data >
Table 5-1-1-2: Something to be proud of about your country (changes over the years)

An analysis of Japanese youth by gender difference shows that higher percentages of males than females gave "Science and technology" (males: 48.9%; females: 31.2%), "Standard of living" (same as above: 32.7%, 25.7%), and "Sports" (same as above: 28.8%, 20.8%).

Table 5-1-1-3: Something to be proud of about your country (by gender) < CSV Data >
Table 5-1-1-3: Something to be proud of about your country (by gender)

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(2) Pride in and service to your country
Q32   Please answer "yes" or "no" to each of the following statements.
(SINGLE ANSWER ONLY PER LINE)
a. I am proud to be a citizen of my country

b. I want to do something to serve my country
  1. Yes
  2. No
  3. Do not know
  4. Refused

Respondents were asked about their opinions about two statements regarding pride in and service to their country. In regard to the statement "I am proud to be a citizen of my country, " 81.7% of Japanese youth answered "Yes."
      In contrast, the statement "I want to do something to serve my country" elicited a "Yes" response from 63.9% and "No" from 21.9%.

Table 5-1-2-1: Pride in and service to your country ( Japan ) < CSV Data >

Table 5-1-2-1: Pride in and service to your country ( Japan )

Comparing the five countries, the statement "I am proud to be a citizen of my country" elicited the highest percentage of "Yes" responses in the U.S.A. (91.2%). Elsewhere, the order was the U.K. (84.1%), Japan (81.7%), South Korea (78.0%), and France (77.1%).
      On the other hand, the statement "I want to do something to serve my country" elicited the highest percentage of "Yes" responses in South Korea (66.6%). Elsewhere, the order was Japan (63.9%), France (55.6%), the U.S.A. (48.8%), and the U.K. (45.3%).

Table 5-1-2-2: Pride in and service to your country: "I am proud to be a citizen of my country"
                                                                  (five-country comparison) < CSV Data >

Table 5-1-2-2: Pride in and service to your country: "I am proud to be a citizen of my country" (five-country comparison)


Table 5-1-2-3: Pride in and service to your country: "I want to do something to serve my country"
                                                                  (five-country comparison) < CSV Data >

Table 5-1-2-3: Pride in and service to your country: "I want to do something to serve my country" (five-country comparison)

A comparison with the previous survey on Japanese youth shows that the percentage of "Yes" responses to the statement "I am proud to be a citizen of my country" increased 9 points over the previous survey (72.6% in the seventh to 81.7% in the eighth).
      Similarly, the percentage of "Yes" responses to the statement "I want to do something to serve my country" increased 14 points over the previous survey (same as above: 50.0% to 63.9%).

Table 5-1-2-4: Pride in and service to your country: "I am proud to be a citizen of my country"
                                                                    (changes over the years) < CSV Data >

Table 5-1-2-4: Pride in and service to your country: "I am proud to be a citizen of my country"(changes over the years)


Table 5-1-2-5: Pride in and service to your country: "I want to do something to serve my country"
                                                                    (changes over the years) < CSV Data >

Table 5-1-2-5: Pride in and service to your country: "I want to do something to serve my country"(changes over the years)

An analysis of Japanese youth by gender difference shows that in terms of responses to the statement "I am proud to be a citizen of my country, " there was no difference.
      In regard to the statement "I want to do something to serve my country" as well, there was no difference by gender.

Table 5-1-2-6: Pride in and service to your country: "I am proud to be a citizen of my country"
                                                                               (by gender) < CSV Data >

Table 5-1-2-6: Pride in and service to your country: "I am proud to be a citizen of my country" (by gender)


Table 5-1-2-7: Pride in and service to your country: "I want to do something to serve my country"
                                                                                (by gender) < CSV Data >

Table 5-1-2-7: Pride in and service to your country: "I want to do something to serve my country"(by gender)

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(3) Interest in politics
Q33  [HAND R CARD 31] How much interest do you have in the current politics of your country?
(SINGLE ANSWER ONLY)
  1. Very interested
  2. Somewhat interested
  3. Not very interested
  4. Not interested at all
  5. Do not know
  6. Refused

A look at Japanese youth's interest in politics shows that 'Interested' was given by 58.0% ("Very interested": 11.7% + "Somewhat interested": 46.2%).

Comparing the five countries, the percentage of those indicating an interest in politics was the highest in Japan (58.0%). Elsewhere the order was the U.S.A. (54.5%), South Korea (49.7%), France (42.6%), and the U.K. (33.2%).

Table 5-1-3-1: Interest in politics < CSV Data >

Table 5-1-3-1: Interest in politics

A comparison with the previous survey on Japanese youth shows that the percentage of those giving 'Interested' went up 11 points from the previous survey (46.7% in the seventh to 58.0% in the eighth).

Table 5-1-3-2: Interest in politics (changes over the years) < CSV Data >

Table 5-1-3-2: Interest in politics (changes over the years)

An analysis of Japanese youth by gender difference shows that a higher percentage of males than female gave 'Interested' (males: 61.7%; females: 54.3%).

Table 5-1-3-3: Interest in politics (by gender) < CSV Data >

Table 5-1-3-3: Interest in politics (by gender)

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