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Part 2: Outline of the Survey Results


V. Nation and Society

3. International outlook

(1) International outlook of your country's people
Q36  [HAND R CARD 34] In regard to your country fulfilling its role as a member of the international community, to what extent do the people of your country have an "international perspective"? Please choose only one of the responses on the card.
(SINGLE ANSWER ONLY)
  1. I think they have one to a sufficient degree
  2. I think they have one to some extent
  3. I don't think they really have one
  4. I think they hardly have one
  5. Do not know
  6. Refused

Upon being asked about the degree of international outlook their country's people have, 27.8% of Japanese youth answered 'I think they have one' ("I think they have one to a sufficient degree": 1.0% + "I think they have one to some extent": 26.8%).

Comparing the five countries, the highest percentage of those giving 'I think they have one' was in the U.S.A. (52.9%). Elsewhere the order was the U.K. (46.6%), South Korea (45.4%), France (42.3%), and Japan (27.8%).

Table 5-3-1-1: International outlook of your country's people < CSV Data >

Table 5-3-1-1: International outlook of your country's people

An analysis of Japanese youth by gender difference shows that there were no differences.

Table 5-3-1-2: International outlook of your country's people (by gender) < CSV Data >

Table 5-3-1-2: International outlook of your country's people (by gender)

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(2) Policies needed to instill an international outlook
Q37  [HAND R CARD 35] What kinds of policies do you think are required for the citizens of your country to do in the future to further develop an "international perspective"? Please choose as many of the items on the card as are applicable.
(MULTIPLE ANSWERS POSSIBLE)
  1. Promote travel abroad
  2. Support and promote study abroad
  3. Support and promote students from abroad studying here
  4. Offer opportunities for interaction with people from other countries
  5. Offer opportunities for daily life with people from other countries
  6. Encourage ample education about your country's culture and history in a variety of contexts
  7. Encourage ample education about other countries' culture and history in a variety of contexts
  8. Encourage ample foreign language education in a variety of contexts
  9. Promote participation in international events such as seminars and symposiums, sporting events, concerts, etc.
  10. Make it easier to obtain information about other countries
  11. Other (specifically,                                                                           )
  12. Nothing in particular
  13. Do not know
  14. Refused

Given most by Japanese youth as the policy needed to instill even more of an international outlook in their country's people was "Offer opportunities for interaction with people from other countries" (54.7%). The responses that followed were, in descending order, "Encourage ample education about your country's culture and history in a variety of contexts" (43.1%), "Encourage ample education about other countries' culture and history in a variety of contexts" (41.3%), and "Support and promote study abroad" (38.5%).

Comparing the five countries, similar to Japan, South Korea and the U.S.A. also gave "Offer opportunities for interaction with people from other countries" most ( South Korea : 55.5%; U.S.A. : 38.7%). In South Korea, the responses that followed were, in descending order, "Encourage ample education about your country's culture and history in a variety of contexts" (42.1%), "Promote participation in international events such as seminars and symposiums, sporting events, concerts, etc." (32.9%), and "Encourage ample education about other countries' culture and history in a variety of contexts" (26.9%).
      In the U.S.A., the responses that followed were fell in the 30-39% range and were, in descending order, "Encourage ample education about other countries' culture and history in a variety of contexts" (34.2%), "Support and promote study abroad" (33.7%), "Encourage ample education about your country's culture and history in a variety of contexts" (33.4%), "Promote travel abroad" (33.3%), "Support and promote students from abroad studying here" (31.8%), and "Encourage ample foreign language education in a variety of contexts" (31.6%).
      In the U.K. and France, the order of responses was "Support and promote study abroad" ( U.K. : 33.4%; France41.8%), "Promote travel abroad" (same as above: 30.2%, 40.1%), and "Offer opportunities for interaction with people from other countries" (same as above: 28.1%, 36.9%).

Table 5-3-2-1: Policies needed to instill an international outlook < CSV Data >
Table 5-3-2-1: Policies needed to instill an international outlook

An analysis of Japanese youth by gender difference shows that higher percentages of females than males gave "Encourage ample education about your country's culture and history in a variety of contexts" (males: 36.4%; females: 49.6%) and "Encourage ample education about other countries' culture and history in a variety of contexts" (same as above: 36.4%, 46.0%).

Table 5-3-2-2: Policies needed to instill an international outlook (by gender) < CSV Data >
Table 5-3-2-2: Policies needed to instill an international outlook (by gender)

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