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Highest ever 93% of Japanese say, "proud of being Japanese citizen"

2, 05. 2008

   Some 93% of Japanese think they are "proud of being Japanese citizen," a survey conducted by the Yomiuri Shimbun found.

   According to the Jan. 25, 2008 issue of the newspaper, 55% of the people surveyed replied they were "very proud" and 38% were "a little proud" of being Japanese citizen. Those who replied they were "not proud" accounted for 6%. Those who said "very proud" and those who replied "a little proud" thus accounted for a total of 93% of those surveyed, or the highest rate in such surveys that had earlier been conducted by the newspaper in 1980, 1986 and 1995. As reasons for "thinking proud of being Japanese citizen," the highest percentage of 72% pointed out the "history, tradition and culture" of the country. The newspaper said the "nationalist sentiment" of the Japanese seemed to have become stronger after more than 60 years have passed since the end of the war.

   Asked if they agreed to "do something for the country as a citizen," 73% replied "yes" and 20% "no."

   The latest survey was conducted between Jan. 12-13 by interviewing 3,000 eligible voters across the country. Some 1,780 of them answered the questions.

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