Japanese students seek more life purpose

Sept. 19, 2011 at 11:44 PM
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TOKYO, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Since the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident in Japan, Japan's youth are taking a more altruistic approach to work and community, a survey indicates.

The survey of 500 students at 47 universities and vocational schools in Miyagi, Fukushima and Iwate -- the three prefectures most directly affected by the March disasters -- indicates 23 percent of the students said they worked to make money.

Nineteen percent said they want to work to help others, 18 percent said they wanted to attain a stable life and 17 percent said they wanted to work to improve their community.

Twenty percent of respondents stated that their views on nuclear power had changed since the disaster.

Forty-five percent said one positive thing from the disasters was the strengthening of links between people, 34 percent said there was more need for disaster preparedness and 21 percent highlighted the importance of caring for others.

When asked whether the government had met people's needs after the disaster, 94 percent said no. Questioned about their personal response to the disaster, 41 percent reported that they volunteered and 27 percent had given donations.

The survey by members of the Soka Gakkai student division in the Tohoku region of northern Japan was taken July 1 to Aug. 21. No further survey details were provided.

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