Drivers of trains, buses or cars came in fourth place in the list of what Japanese boys want to be when they grow up, the highest rank since the annual survey by Dai-ichi Life Insurance Co. started in 1989, according to the latest edition released on Thursday.
The survey, the 27th of its kind, was conducted on 1,100 Japanese children of elementary school age and younger.
The rise in popularity of driving as a vocation apparently reflects the start of the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line operations last year and the scheduled launch of Hokkaido Shinkansen services in March, the company said.
Soccer player was the most popular job for the boys for the sixth straight year. Baseball player came second, followed by police officer and detective, both unchanged from the previous survey.
For girls, working in food stores took the top spot for the 19th straight year, followed by nursery school and kindergarten teachers, unchanged from last year. Nurses came in third, up from fourth.