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Only 30% of Japan’s youths want to study abroad: Cabinet Office poll

  • May 31, 2019
  • , Asahi , p. 37
  • JMH Translation

By Tomohiro Hamada


A survey of young people in seven nations such as Japan and Western countries conducted by the Cabinet Office found that only about 30% of Japanese want to study abroad, making it the only country whose percentage fell below 50%. South Korea had the highest percentage, at more than 60%. The results will be included in the “White Paper on Children and Young People” that the government will soon finalize at a cabinet meeting.


The online poll targeted men and women between ages 13 and 29 in Japan, South Korea, the U.S., the U.K., Germany, France, and Sweden during November and December of last year and asked them about their thoughts on school and family. Roughly 1,000 people responded in each country.


The survey asked respondents whether they want to study abroad in the future. The percentage of people who said they “want to attend and graduate from high school or university (including graduate school) overseas” or “want to study abroad for about half a year or a year” or “want to study abroad for only a short time” stood at 65.7% in South Korea and 32.3% in Japan. The percentage of respondents who said they “do not want to study abroad” exceeded 50% only in Japan, at 53.2%, while the percentage was the lowest in South Korea, at 22.0%.


Asked whether they are satisfied with themselves, 87% said “yes” in the U.S., the highest of all countries. But the percentage was 45.1% in Japan, making it the only nation where the percentage dropped below 70%.

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