|The story below is originally published on Mainichi Daily News by Mainichi Shinbun (http://mdn.mainichi.jp).|
|They admitted inventing its kinky features, or rather deliberately mistranslating them from the original gossip magazine.|
|In fact, this is far from the general Japanese' behavior or sense of worth.|
Warning: Some regions are bad for your marriage!
Shukan Bunshun 1/30 By Takeshi Ito
Traditionally,people in Kyoto are known for spending their savings on clothing.People in Osaka are said to prefer good food over good clothing.
Women in Northern Kanto tend to henpeck their husbands after marriage.
These old stereotypes about regional characters still persist in the minds of many Japanese people.
While observers agree local cultures are increasingly being lost,Shukan Bunshun finds there are still a good deal of regional differences in Japan that make some prefectures more comfortable than others for extramarital couples,liars,boutique owners and the Emperor.
The magazine bases the three-page report on "Zenkoku Kenmin Ishiki Chosa," a nationwide poll an NHK-affiliated institute conducted last year.
In the poll researchers asked the same 90 questions 900 people living in each of Japan's 47 prefectures.
Shukan Bunshun starts the article with surprising news for people in Kanagawa,Nara and Chiba - they are the most lax about liaisons out of wedlock.
The majority of pollees in the three prefectures said "no" in response to the question - " Do you think extramarital relations are immoral and should never be tolerated?" Replies to the same question place people from Hiroshima,Oita and Kanagawa at the opposite end - they are most critical of adultery.
The poll finds residents of Hiroshima are relatively square.
In a related question,the researchers asked,"Do you think lying is a bad act that should never be tolerated?" Hiroshima folks supplied the second highest ratio of affirmative replies,surpassed only by respondent's in Wakayama.
Wakayama residents' frankness may be reflected in their replies to another question - "Do you think the Emperor should be respected?" The question generated the highest ratio of negative answers among respondents in Kyoto,followed by those in Wakayama,Meanwhile,pollees in Fukui,Ishikawa and Nagasaki provided the highest ratios of affirmative answers to the same question.
The Emperor is not the only person held in high regard by the people of Fukui.
They seem to have similar respect for fashionable dressers.Alongside pollees in Ehime,Fukui residents gave the highest ratio of "yes" to the question,"Do you mind wearing out-of-fashion clothes?" On the other hand,many pollees in Fukushima and Iwate expressed indifference toward fashion.
According to Shukan Bunshun,people living in Shimane and Ibaraki prefectures exhibit particularly strong regional characteristics.
Pollees in Shimane lead the nation in their support for such opinions as "I feel strong spiritual bonds with my ancestors," and "I wish to have some kind of spiritual backbone,be it God or Buddha"
In another distinct pattern,pollees in Ibaraki display an amazing lack of pride in their region and its traditions.
They top the nation in their endorsement of such words as,"I don't like the prefecture I live in." "I don't like the local accent," "I don't want to hand the local accent down to the next generation" and "I am ashamed of my accent."
Takao Sofue,a professor at Hoso University who specializes in regional character studies,tells Shukan Bunshun these findings should be taken with a grain of salt.
"We have a tendency to anticipate regional characters other people expect from us and try to live up to them.For example,many Edokko (trueborn Tokyoites) feel they must be lavish in spending their money," offers Sofue.
"Prefectural characters do exist.But we should exercise caution and try to avoid stereotyping and preconceptions." (TI)