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OSAKA — A survey of children who will enter elementary school in April shows that the largest proportion of boys dream of becoming athletes, while girls want to work in bakeries or pastry shops, according to Kuraray Co.

Kuraray, a synthetic fiber maker known for its Clarino brand of man-made leather, conducted the survey on 2,000 boys and 2,000 girls whose parents bought them Clarino school bags to start their school life.

It was released Wednesday.

Of the boys, 21 percent said they want to be athletes, while 8.3 percent said they want to be policemen and 7.4 percent commercial drivers. The ranking was the same as the year before.

Among those who want to become athletes, 52 percent said they want to be soccer players, followed by 33 percent who want to be baseball players.

Among girls, 27.4 percent said their dream job is to work in a bakery or patisserie, while 18.1 percent want to become florists and 10.7 percent nurses.

The ranking was also unchanged from last year.

Meanwhile, a survey of 4,000 of the children’s parents showed that of the boys’ parents, 25.5 percent want their children to become civil servants, while only 9.4 percent wish for athletes and 9.3 percent doctors.

Of the girls’ parents, 12.8 percent said they want their children to become nurses, while 11.7 percent want them to work in nurseries and 11.5 percent hope they become civil servants.

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