Record 74% of Japanese Satisfied with Their Lives (News)


Tokyo, Aug. 26 (Jiji Press)—A Cabinet Office survey showed Saturday that nearly 74% of Japanese people are satisfied with their current lives, the highest proportion since the survey item was added in 1963.

The share of respondents who said they are satisfied or fairly satisfied with the current state of their lives stood at 73.9%, up 3.8 percentage points from the previous year's survey and exceeding the previous high of 72.7% marked in 1995.

The latest survey also showed that 51.3% expressed satisfaction with their current incomes, up 3.2 points, while 46.9% answered the opposite, down 2.7 points. Satisfaction outstripped discontent for the first time since 1996.

The results reflected the Japanese economy's mild recovery, a Cabinet Office official said.

As for the outlook for their lives, 65.2%, or the largest proportion, expected little change, 23.1% foresaw deterioration, and 9.4% anticipated improvement.

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