Food industry interests more boys


More Japanese boys are hoping to work in the food industry, an annual survey released this week by Dai-ichi Life Insurance Co. shows.

The survey, conducted last July and August, asked 1,001 children of elementary school age or below what professions they hoped to pursue.

Working at specialized food stores ranked fifth among boys at 4.5 percent, up from 12th place in the previous survey, while the occupation of cook or chef came in eighth at 3.3 percent, up from 10th spot. The company attributed the findings to the growing influence of TV shows featuring child cooks.

But becoming a professional athlete was still the biggest dream for boys, 14.8 percent of whom hope to become soccer players, the top choice for the second year in a row, followed by the 9.8 percent who want to grow up to be baseball players.

For girls, working in a food store remained the most popular occupation for the 15th straight year at 19.7 percent, but the popularity of all-girl pop group AKB48 pushed up the ranking for singer or TV entertainer to an all-time high fourth place, at 4.8 percent.