Kobe University Professor Kazuo Nishimura conducted a survey of 15,949 men and women over the age of 19 this year to discover if they remember being told certain moral lessons, such as “do not tell a lie”” by their parents. It did not matter if they did as they were taught, just that they remember being taught these things. The survey also asked about their annual incomes.
The findings of the survey indicate that those who clearly remember being told not to lie earned an average of 4.49 million yen a year (about $45,000 in USD), while those who do not remember, earn about 3.99 million yen (about $40,000 USD). Other moralisms such as “obey the rules”, “be kind to others”, and “study hard” had similar results but to a lesser extent (earning from 150,000 to 290,000 more per year).
Other survey results include that those remembering being told “say thank you” or “listen to your parents” didn’t earn any more than the average; and those remembering being told to “say hello to people you meet” are making about 130,000 yen less! Interesting study, no? What do you remember your parents telling you?