The saga continues...



Excerpt: What Japan's Youth Are Really Like (04.2006) [ForeignDispatches.typepad]

In a four country poll involving America, China, Japan and Korea, Japanese high school students came dead last in the emphasis they placed on academic achievement, while "being the most popular person in school" came first in their list of priorities; their chief expressed interests lay in consuming popular culture (TV dramas, manga), chatting on their mobile phones and fashion/shopping, in that order. [...]

The Hakuhodo Institute of Life and Living says boys no longer dream of becoming salarymen like their fathers, and that there is no "guaranteed path to contentment". [...]