Living in Japan, part 1 of 3

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The Cabinet Office, Government of Japan (that seems to be the official title anyway), conducted a wide-ranging survey regarding the people of Japan’s everyday life. This is rather a large survey, so it will be published in three parts on subsequent days. 6,924 people participated in the poll, conducted by face-to-face interviews in various areas throughout Japan. Most people are basically happy to some degree, but the shadow of ill-health and old age hangs over many people.

Q1: Compared with this time last year, how is your home life?

Improving 4.0%
About the same 68.9%
Getting worse 26.1%
Don’t know 1.1%

Q2: Considering everything, how satisfied are you with your current way of life?

Satisfied 7.7%
Reasonably satisfied 51.8%
A bit unsatisfied 27.0%
Unsatisfied 10.5%
Neither satisified nor unsatisfied 2.6%
Don’t know 0.3%

Q3: In each of the following lifestyle-related categories, how satisfied are you?

Q3A: Income, salary

Satisfied 5.6%
Reasonably satisfied 35.4%
A bit unsatisfied 36.1%
Unsatisfied 19.2%
Neither satisified nor unsatisfied 2.9%
Don’t know 0.8%

Q3B: Savings

Satisfied 3.8%
Reasonably satisfied 31.6%
A bit unsatisfied 36.9%
Unsatisfied 22.4%
Neither satisified nor unsatisfied 3.7%
Don’t know 1.6%

Q3C: Car, electrical goods, furniture and other durable consumer goods

Satisfied 11.3%
Reasonably satisfied 58.2%
A bit unsatisfied 19.8%
Unsatisfied 6.4%
Neither satisified nor unsatisfied 3.1%
Don’t know 1.1%

Q3D: Home life

Satisfied 16.3%
Reasonably satisfied 54.3%
A bit unsatisfied 18.8%
Unsatisfied 8.1%
Neither satisified nor unsatisfied 2.0%
Don’t know 0.4%

Q3E: Leisure, free time activities

Satisfied 10.4%
Reasonably satisfied 46.1%
A bit unsatisfied 27.1%
Unsatisfied 11.7%
Neither satisified nor unsatisfied 3.9%
Don’t know 0.8%

Q4: How fulfilled do you feel in your daily life?

Sufficiently fulfilled (to SQ) 9.1%
Reasonably fulfilled (to SQ) 56.8%
A bit unfulfilled (to SQ) 22.8%
Not at all fulfilled 7.8%
Neither fulfilled nor unfulfilled (to SQ) 2.5%
Don’t know 1.0%

Q4SQ: In your daily life, which of the following do you usually feel fulfilled in? (Multiple answer)

When leisurely taking a break 42.5%
When gathering and chatting with friends and acquaintances 39.3%
When zealously engaged hobbies or sports 38.1%
When immersed in work 29.6%
When devoted to study 9.7%
When in the harmonious family circle 4.9%
When doing voluntary work or community activities 6.6%
Other 1.1%
Don’t know 2.5%

Q5: In your daily life, do you feel uneasy or troubled?

I feel uneasy or troubled (to SQ) 66.4%
I don’t feel uneasy or troubled 32.1%
Don’t know 1.5%

Q5SQ: In your daily life, what do you feel uneasy or troubled about? (Multiple answer)

Planning for old age 48.3%
My health 47.6%
Family’s health 41.1%
Prospects regarding future income or savings 37.9%
Current income or savings 27.0%
Problems in family member’s life, eg education, work, marriage 23.7%
Problems in personal life, eg education, work, marriage 12.9%
Workplace issues such as tasks, colleagues 9.1%
Relationships amongst family or relatives 8.6%
Home or work management issues 6.9%
Neighbours or neighbourhood related 5.8%
Other 1.7%
Don’t know 0.3%

Q6: In you daily life, do you have time to take a break or pursue your interests, etc?

Have rather a lot of spare time 20.7%
Have some spare time 43.3%
Don’t have much spare time 25.4%
Have almost no spare time 10.0%
Don’t know 0.7%

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  1. February 9, 2011 @ 16:53

    […] This rather epic survey from the Cabinet Office Japan will be split into multiple parts and posted over the next few days. Here they looked at awareness of society, covering four main areas of country and society, the state of society today, evaluation of government, and how society works. A translation of a similar survey from last year may be found here and two years ago is here. […]

  2. February 9, 2011 @ 16:55

    […] This rather epic survey from the Cabinet Office Japan will be split into multiple parts and posted over the next few days. Here they looked at awareness of society, covering four main areas of country and society, the state of society today, evaluation of government, and how society works. A translation of a similar survey from last year may be found here and two years ago is here. […]

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