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Company worker is now the dream occupation of the largest share of children in Japan, an annual survey by Dai-ichi Life Insurance Co. showed on Wednesday.

The company said the result can be attributed to the coronavirus pandemic, during which many children see parents who are company employees working at home.

The survey was conducted online in December, covering a total of 3,000 children from third-grade elementary school students to final-year high school students across the country. The survey, started in fiscal 1989, had covered children at elementary school age and younger until the previous year.

Company worker topped the respective dream job lists of elementary school boys, junior high school boys and girls and high school boys and girls.

Government worker came second in the lists of junior high school and high school girls and third in those of junior high school and high school boys.

Meanwhile, YouTuber or other video creator was chosen second most often by elementary school boys, at a time when children enjoy online videos and other social media content as they spend more time at home amid the pandemic.

Nurse was the third favorite job for junior high school and high school girls.

In the elementary school boys’ list, soccer player fell to the third place from the previous year’s top position, while baseball player dropped to fifth from second.

In the elementary school girls’ list, pastry chef far outpaced other jobs, after food shop worker had maintained the top post for 23 years in a row from fiscal 1997.

Dai-ichi Life said the popularity of pastry chef was possibly because children had more opportunities to enjoy making sweets with their families.

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