Japan’s First Okinawa Prefecture in “Ocean Attachment”


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A survey by the Nippon Foundation looked at the attachment of the inhabitants of different Japanese prefectures to the ocean, as well as environmental awareness.

The Nippon Foundation conducted a survey of Japanese feelings towards the sea to coincide with the Sea Day holiday on July 18. The results showed that residents felt the most connected to the sea in Okinawa Prefecture, followed by Miyazaki and Nagasaki. It is perhaps unsurprising that residents of inland prefectures, such as Gifu, Tochigi, and Nagano, tend to show the least attachment. There were responses from 11,600 people nationwide between the ages of 15 and 69.

The level of attachment was scored based on responses to the following five statements: The ocean is essential to human life; I love the ocean; I feel a sense of closeness to the ocean; I feel comfortable in contact with the ocean; and I love the ocean.

Prefectures most and least attached to the ocean

Created by Nippon.com based on data from the Nippon Foundation.

Awareness of ocean-related issues, including those that were “very” or “fairly” familiar, increased by around 10 points for all items compared to the 2019 survey results. In particular, 84 % of respondents knew that certain types of fish and seafood had been depleted by overfishing, while 82% knew that changes in the ocean had an important link to climate change.

It has also been seen that an increasing number of people are making efforts to reduce plastic waste to protect the ocean, for example by using their own reusable shopping bag or not taking free straws from convenience stores.

(Originally published in Japanese. Banner photo © Pixta.)

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