Japan was placed on the sixth place out of 31 developed countries in a survey on children’s well-being by UNICEF and a Japanese institute. The survey was published on Wednesday.
The survey measured development according to five dimensions of children’s lives: material well-being, health and safety, education, behavior and risks, and housing and environment. Japan’s National Institute of Population and Social Security Research jointly conducted the research with UNICEF, according to the local press.
The first place was taken by the Netherlands, with four Nordic countries coming next – Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.
Japan topped the lists for education, and behavior and risks, but only 10th in the field of housing and environment, 16th in health and safety, and 21st in material well-being.
In the material well-being section, Japan’s ranking was hurt by a relatively high rate, 14.9 percent, of children whose families earn less than half the standard income. In Finland, which topped the list, the ratio was 3.6 percent, while in Romania, which ranked at the bottom, the ratio was 23.6 percent.