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April 08, 2005

Studying English Still Most Popular Hobby

A survey recently carried out by Internet research company Dimsdrive has shown that one in four Japanese is actively studying something. The most popular subject is English conversation, followed by calligraphy, singing, and computer skills. About 30% of people study something at least twice a week. Just under two thirds attend a school, 19% use a correspondence course, 10% use courses broadcast over TV or radio, while e-learning accounts for 8%. E-learning is more popular among those in employment (12%), and among full-time housewives the number is only 2%. Of those not currently learning anything, both lack of time and lack of money were cited by just over half of the respondents. Asked what subject they would like to study, again English came out on top, followed by computer skills and yoga. The full details of the survey are available (in Japanese) online.
Dimsdrive - Timely Research

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