Japanese Youth Today
Today approximately one in every seven people in Japan is an adolescent, roughly defined as someone between junior high school age and their early twenties. 1 A Japanese youth, therefore, is either a high school student, a college student, or a young worker.
The Japanese younger generation is frequently called shinjinrui, meaning the new breed. Born in the 1960s or later, these Japanese youth share a number of interesting characteristics: Raised in an affluent society, they have no experience of poverty or starvation; they are whimsical, emotional, and playful; they display a cold reserve toward things that do not interest them; and they have extremely strong ties with peers. 2 A more critical analysis of this generation includes lack of commitment, indifference to larger issues, and unwillingness to grow up. 3
Many of these characteristics can be attributed to the nature of Japanese society in which shinjinrui were raised. Born during postwar Japan's high economic growth period, this generation became of age in an era of rampant consumerism, increased leisure time, and vigorous pursuit
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Publication information: Book title: Unmasking Japan Today:The Impact of Traditional Values on Modern Japanese Society. Contributors: Fumie Kumagai - Author, Donna J. Keyser - Author. Publisher: Praeger. Place of publication: Westport, CT. Publication year: 1996. Page number: 73.
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