High schoolers say nay to politics

Becoming a politician is the most unattractive of prospective career paths, according to a recent job placement company survey of Japanese high school juniors.

According to the survey conducted by Tokyo-based Recruit Co., 27 percent of girls and 21 percent of boys named politics as the profession they would least like to enter.

Asked their reasons, most said they regard politicians as unscrupulous money-mongers who lie constantly.

The most popular career choice among the boys was becoming a central government employee, chosen by 45 percent. Other favored future pursuits included becoming a local government employee, an announcer, and a junior high or high school teacher.

Male students eyed jobs as public servants because they felt that they would not likely be fired and their wages would be stable despite the sluggish economy, according to the survey.

Employment prospects for high school graduates remain dismal as the nation’s jobless rate stands at a postwar high.

Becoming an actress topped the list for girls, chosen by 41 percent. Becoming a psychological counselor, singer, fashion model and beautician followed in order on the list.

They gave such reasons for their choices as, the jobs are “cool,” they have always wanted to do them, and they want to be famous.

An official in charge of the survey said girls are influenced by TV dramas.

A total of 295 students — 150 girls and 145 boys — responded to questionnaires sent to high school juniors across Japan in February and March.