ERIC Number: EJ1153145
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
How Do Future Life Perspective and Present Action Work in Japanese Youth Development?
Kawai, Toru; Moran, Seana
Journal of Moral Education, v46 n3 p323-336 2017
"Future life perspective" and "present action," whose interaction affects how one's current activity affects later life, offer a critical crossroads for young adults in Japan as stable career paths have become more uncertain. Past generations benefited from stable institutional pathways, but recent generations must forge their own ways. This article reviews how Japanese undergraduate students think about their present and future and relates these thoughts to identity and career development. We compare the Japanese conception with "youth purpose" in the US, which includes future "intention," "engagement" in "meaningful" activities and "beyond-the-self" contribution. The Japanese emphasize intention and engagement. But many do not feel their present-future connections are meaningful, though because Japanese culture avoids giving negative meaning to struggle, they may avoid discussing. Considering one's impacts on others is engrained in Japanese culture as a duty that beyond-the-self contribution would not be thought of as a personal choice.
Descriptors: Moral Values, Moral Development, Futures (of Society), Role, Self Concept, Foreign Countries, Undergraduate Students, Student Attitudes, Intention, Cultural Influences, Individual Development, Individualism, Collectivism, Life Satisfaction
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Japan
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