Reasons for being jealous: Japanese kids

When you were a kid, what were your top characteristics that you were feeling envious about your friends? Was it pocket-money, clothes, popularity with friends… do you remember? In a most recent survey according to the questioned 200 Japanese kids in the age range of 10-16 the top points of concerns were much humbler than I expected (based on data from weekend Nikkei Shimbun). See the overview below:

1. Study strength
2. Ability in sports
3. Can tell interesting stories
4. Lots of friends
5. Has a lot of pocket-money
6. Cute, cool looking
7. Parents are rich
8. Tall in size
9. Posses a mobile phone
10. Can speak English

Honestly only the aspects of the financial status of the parents and the ability to speak English surprised me. While parents cannot be selected, at least I know more intensive study can help to increase the language abilities. Looking at the list above Japanese kids do not give me any worries for the future.

Brought to you by Sibylle Ito (シビル伊藤)

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