More high school students eat rice than bread: survey

Rice led bread as the breakfast staple of high school students for the first time since the bank’s dietary habits survey started in 2005.

More than 90 pct eat homemade boxed meals for lunch, while visits to convenience stores and fast food restaurants have not increased markedly since 2005, the latest survey showed, highlighting students’ preference for homemade meals over dining out.

The survey by the bank, the central financial institution for agricultural, fishery and forestry cooperatives in Japan, is the third of its kind, following ones in 2005 and 2012. The latest poll was conducted March 23-31 covering high school students in and around Tokyo, with valid answers received from 400.

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