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1 in 4 Japanese youths reading more than before coronavirus pandemic

The flagship store of bookstore chain Kinokuniya in Tokyo's Shinjuku area reopens on May 7, 2020, after the end of the Golden Week holiday season. (Kyodo)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- A recent survey has revealed the extra time spent isolated at home during the coronavirus pandemic has led Japanese teens to up their intake of books.

    In the Nippon Foundation survey, 24.9 percent of the 1,000 respondents aged between 17 and 19 said they read more now than they did before the pandemic and 6.0 percent said they read less.

    A total of 69.1 percent said their reading habits did not change during the public health crisis.

    Some 59.7 percent said they enjoy reading while 12.8 percent said otherwise, according to the online poll carried out from Sept. 29 through Oct. 5.

    Asked how many books they read per month, 44.8 percent replied they read one or two, and 32.7 percent said they do not read at all, with 6.8 percent saying they read more than seven books every month.

    Asked how they feel about the general deterioration of reading comprehension among young people, 65.4 percent think it is "unfavorable," while some 38.2 percent believe they fall into the category of having such low reading comprehension.

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