TOKYO (Kyodo) — Ninety p.c of younger folks belonging to the Japanese diaspora world wide need to make connections with “Nikkei” in different nations, in accordance to what’s billed as the primary consciousness survey of younger Nikkei adults.
The survey additionally discovered that 74 p.c of respondents really feel a powerful sense of Nikkei identification, and that 82 p.c select the Japanese phrase “gambaru,” or “do your greatest,” as crucial Japanese worth that shapes their Nikkei identification.
“One of many key findings of this analysis is that younger Nikkei adults need to construct a worldwide neighborhood and develop a transnational connection and understanding of a worldwide Nikkei identification,” stated the Nippon Basis, a Tokyo-based group that carried out the survey with the Japanese American Nationwide Museum in Los Angeles.
Nevertheless, the survey might not essentially be an correct reflection of the views of the estimated 3.8 million folks descended from Japanese emigrants world wide as a result of it was carried out primarily via Nikkei organizations, which are inclined to contain folks with greater curiosity in Japan.
In response to the survey, 79 p.c of the respondents really feel a tie with Japan, with 48 p.c saying they really feel it strongly and 31 p.c reasonably.
The survey, carried out final 12 months, lined some 3,800 Nikkei aged between 18 and 35 in 36 nations and territories from North to South America to Asia and Europe.
Other than “doing all your greatest,” 78 p.c cited “sonkei,” or “respect,” as crucial worth as a Nikkei, 69 p.c chosen “kansha,” or “gratitude,” and 68 p.c picked “mottainai,” an expression of remorse when one thing is used wastefully.
Though self-rated, the respondents have completely different ranges of Japanese-language proficiency, with 7 p.c not talking any in any respect, 29 p.c talking a couple of phrases, 25 p.c talking somewhat and 17 p.c talking rather a lot.
Twenty-one p.c cited anime as a supply for studying about Japanese popular culture, adopted by manga, talked about by 14 p.c, and karaoke, by 13 p.c.
Thirty-four p.c stated they eat Japanese meals a couple of times every week at residence and 36 p.c eat out at Japanese eating places a couple of occasions a month.
“To be Nikkei is to know and follow Japanese ideas whereas adapting to the values of 1’s nation of origin. A Nikkei is an individual who can discover the stability between the 2 worlds,” a respondent in Brazil was quoted as saying by the Nippon Basis.