What not to do when being introduced to your Japanese partner’s parents

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goo Ranking published an entertaining survey on the worst faux pas when visiting your boyfriend or girlfriend’s parents’ home.

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goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 9th and 11th of December 2014 500 members, 250 male and 250 female, of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographics were given.

When I visited my wife’s parents before we got married, fortunately I got a pass on any faux pas I might have committed for be foreign. I could have done with this list, though, to at least know what to put an effort in to!
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Why foreign men dislike Japanese women’s gait

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What do you think about how Japanese women walk in high heels? graph of japanese statisticsOmron, a healthcare electronics manufacturer, published a survey that serves to advertise their new female-oriented device that diagnoses one’s walking style, with this survey asking foreign men what they think of Japanese women’s way of walking.

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Between the 23rd and 31st of October 2014 the company Neon Marketing, on behalf of Omron and underwear manufacturer Wacoal, asked a mere 50 foreign men who had lived in Japan more than a year to fill out a private internet-based survey.

I think Japanese women in high heels, on the whole, are extremely clumsy-looking. Often, they walk like Honda’s humanoid robot Asimov, with knees bent forward and bum sticking out, and stiff legs pivoting at the pelvis only. Furthermore, there is a lack of ankle muscles or ankle support, so most of them twist their ankles with every step. I’ve seen more graceful baby giraffes taking their first few hesitant steps!
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One in five Japanese internet users have a tablet computer

Do you currently have a tablet computer? graph of japanese statisticsLifemedia Research recently conducted a survey into tablet computers. This is the sixth time they have conducted this annual survey; last year 18.8% of the sample owned a tablet, so ownership has grown, but of the non-owners, 46.0% last year wanted one, whereas this time the interest has dropped to 38.5%.

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Between the 26th of December 2014 and the 7th of January 2015 2,400 members of the Lifemedia research panel completed a privagte internet-based questionnaire. The sample was exactly 50:50 male and female, and exactly one-sixth in each of the age bands of twenties, thirties, forties, fifties and sixties.

I recently got a free wifi-only eight-inch LG G Pad from my cable provider, but I’ve only actually used it once to update the software! My wife has rarely used it too, and her main use of the PC involves Flash applications, so I think the device will be gathering a lot of dust.
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What foreigners love and hate about Japanese public toilets

How cleaner are Japanese public toilets? graph of japanese statisticsJapanese public toilets are something that almost every visitor to Japan will experience, so this survey from the toilet manufacturer Toto looked at foreigners and toilets to see what issues there were.

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During September and October of 2014 600 foreign residents of Japan aged 20 or older completed an internet-based survey; ten countries were represented; South Korea, Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, USA, France, UK, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia. No further demographics were presented.

I’ve used a Japanese-style toilet for number twos exactly once, at a bowling alley when I had the runs, and in the process managed to get a rather large poo stain on my trousers, a fact I never realised until I got home that night. I’m very particular about toilets, so barring emergencies I use department store Western-style toilets almost exclusively, and I tend to select heated seats, but I never touch any of the bum-squirting stuff.
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New adults look at the state of Japan

Do you think your generation can change Japan? graph of japanese statisticsMacromill Research released their annual look at the views of new adults yesterday, Japan’s Coming of Age day where new adults celebrate their new-found resposibilities by hanging out at Disneyland, dressing up in gang colours and assaulting police with fists and coffee cans.

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Over the 9th and 10th of December 2014 500 members of the Macromill Monitor group who would be eligible to attend a 2015 Coming of Age ceremony (that is, born in 1994 or 1995) completed a private internet-based questionnaire. The sample was exactly 50:50 male and female.

In Q15, I am very surprised to see as many as almost 93% of the new adults on LINE! I knew it was big in all age groups, but not quite that big.
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Electronic cash usage – majority use card-based solutions

internetcom recently reported on a survey by NTT Com Research (formally goo Research) into electronic cash, their third regular look at such a subject.

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Between the 11th and 17th of December 2014 1,072 members of the NTT Com Research monitor panel completed aprivate internet-based questionnaire. 53.4% of the sample were male, 2.3% in their teens, 26.8% in their twenties, 21.5% in their thirties, 17.4% in their forties, and 32.0% aged fifty or older.

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Note that in Q1, some portable computers have contactless IC Card readers built into them, and these may be used to make purchases over the internet in perhaps a more secure, but definitely more convenient way than typing in a credit card number.</p>
<p>I used to mainly use a non-JR (<a href=Hankyu Stacia, if you must know) public transport-related IC card, but since my recent move to the Tokyo area I’ve switched to Suica via my mobile phone, not a credit card. My second card was a WAON card, but in my new area there are fewer opportunities to use it.
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How Japanese choose gyms

No doubt a common New Year Resolution will be to get fit, so with this in mind goo Research asked what points peope take into consideration when choosing a sports gym to join.

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goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where on the 22nd of October 2014 500 members, 250 male and 250 female, of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographics were given.

Joining a gym is something I’m also always saying I should do; my employer has a discount program with one of the big chains, but it’s a pretty small discount and based on full price courses, so it’s actually cheaper to join privately on a special offer or a slightly more limited plan.

Here’s a bit of an odd combination gym:


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New Year postcards that annoy

Happy New Year of the Sheep to all my readers! Let’s kick off with a look at features of New Year postcards that annoy people.

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goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where on the 19th of December 2014 500 female members of their monitor group (note: an all-female sample seems odd here and might be a mistake) completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographics were given.

This year, the post office annoyed me rather than people’s cards, as we moved and either almost everyone missed the last posting date or the post office was just slow to redirect, but we got just six cards on New Year’s Day instead of the usual 20 or 30.

I haven’t a clue why number two would annoy people! Is it some sort of disliked boasting? I’m sure every year I get one or two that feature children only, although pets only (especially dogs!) would annoy me.

Here is a New Year sheep (Flickr says it was taken on January 1st 2010), with an octopus, for no particular reason:


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What sounds women don’t want to hear from guys they fancy

As an early New Year Resolution, I think it is time to get this blog back on the road, so here I go with a goo Ranking survey looking at what sounds women would not want to hear from guys they fancy.

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goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where on the 22nd of October 2014 250 female members of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographics were given.

The Japanese-language version of this survey used onomatopoeic terms which have no real English equivalent, so you’ll just have to imagine the sounds as you read them!

My pet hate for women is slurping noodles – I know it’s supposed to be good manners, but I cannot forget my British sensibilities; here’s three women no doubt being excessively noisy:


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Cool-sounding historical events and people

This is a bit of an odd subject for a survey, a look by goo Ranking at what historical terms people think sound cool.

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goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 18th and 22nd of September 2014 500 members of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. The sample was split 50:50 male and female, but no further demographics were given.

I must admit to having never heard of the majority of these events, and as is usual for goo Rankings, I presume that people were picking them from a list, not recalling them.

However, I do feel uncomfortable with both Kristallnacht and Holocaust Eve (I’m not sure what exactly this event is, though) being ranked as cool, or more to the point, goo Ranking approving and publishing a survey that features them. I do hope that people were voting for these out of ignorance of the meaning, as this survey was specifically about cool-sounding words, not cool events.

Here’s a quite cool picture of a page of a book about the Holy Roman Empire:


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