In a poll conducted by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare in March, results showed that 45.1 percent of Japan’s younger generations have a negative view of the country’s future. Only 19.2 percent believe that Japan still has a bright future. The survey was released by the ministry on Tuesday for the 2013 white paper on health, labor and welfare.
The nationwide survey sought the opinion of today’s generations from ages 15 until 39, for which there were 3,133 who responded. When inquired for the main reason of pessimism on the country’s future, most responded with reasons related to the economy. Out of the 45.1 percent cynical respondents, 73 percent pointed out their main reason, “Due to the national debt, benefits in medical services and pension payments will be reduced, and burdens of taxes and social security premiums will increase.” There were also 61 percent who said, “The economy will be stalled, leading to a decrease in living standards.”
Meanwhile, 63.3 percent of all the respondents stated that they are ‘happy’ with their current status in life. Among them, 83 percent said it’s because they have a family and friends. Others also said it’s because they are in a relationship or have a hobby. Only 5 percent of the happy respondents gave ‘financial affluence’ as their reason.
However, it was found in the survey that most of the people who responded negatively were those without regular jobs or those who work on a low income. Being single was also found to be a common factor. Such finding caused the ministry to take measures that will support the young people of Japan with regard to areas in life involving career and employment, marriage, and parenthood.