Joys of the Japanese summer: Rainy Season and typhoons


Do you like the rainy season? graph of japanese opinionOver six days at the end of June DIMSDRIVE Research looked at what people thought about the two key features of the Japanese summer, namely the rainy season and typhoons. 3,198 people from their monitor group completed a private internet-based survey; 53.6% of the sample was female, 2.4% in their teens, 16.6% in their twenties, 34.0% in their thirties, 25.5% in their forties, 12.3% in their fifties and 9.2% in their sixties.

I suppose the overall results of this survey are only notable in their predictability that people dislike bad weather! I too dislike the rainy season, but I’ve been lucky enough to avoid most typhoons; there was one dangerous one two years ago that nearly flooded a river rather too close to my flat, but other than that, back home a good Atlantic gale is much more ferocious than the average, or even the stronger than average typhoons that blow over Japan.

Q1: Do you like the rainy season? (Sample size=3,107, excluding Hokkaido residents)

Really love it 0.6%
Like it a bit 7.6%
Don’t really like it 54.4%
Really hate it 37.4%

Q2: During the rainy season, what problems or worries do you have? (Sample size=3,107, multiple answer)

Mould grows easily 68.3%
Can’t hang washing outside to dry 67.6%
Too much trouble to go outdoors 63.4%
Can’t do things outside 41.2%
Get depressed 34.6%
Food poisoning 34.6%
Difficult to make plans 31.1%
Can’t use bicycle or motorcycle 30.2%
Hair is disheveled 27.4%
Get sick easily 25.2%
Flooding or other water damage 14.2%
Electricity bills are expensive 8.0%
Lose appetite 5.2%
Other 4.0%
Nothing in particular 1.6%

Q3: How does your frequency of going out during holidays change during the rainy season? (Sample size=3,107)

Increases a lot 0.1%
Increases a little 0.7%
Decreases a little 44.0%
Decreases a lot 33.5%
Doesn’t change 21.7%

Q4: How do you spend rainy days off during the rainy season? (Sample size=3,107, multiple answer)

Surf the internet 71.5%
Watch television 63.8%
Potter around the house 57.6%
Watch videos or DVDs 45.4%
Read 40.0%
Clean my room 26.3%
Play games 22.6%
Go shopping 17.2%
Go to the cinema 9.7%
Go to the library 8.3%
Go visit friends 4.4%
Other 4.4%

Q5: During the rainy season, what things do you take care to do? (Sample size=3,107, multiple answer)

Frequently check the weather forecast 58.9%
Dehumidify things carefully 48.4%
Ventilate my room 41.4%
Mould counter-measures 38.1%
Food poisoning counter-measures 31.1%
Carrying an umbrella even if it’s not raining 28.6%
Wash hands or gargle thouroughly 19.5%
Refrain from going outdoors 16.0%
Carry a towel with me 15.6%
Keep water channels clear 14.5%
Don’t set cooler too low 13.7%
Change clothes soon after returning home 10.7%
Insect counter-measures 4.8%
Other 0.8%
Nothing in particular 8.6%

Q6: Do you have a raincoat? (Sample size=3,107)

Yes (to Q6SQ) 41.7%
No 58.3%

Q6SQ: Have you recently used your raincoat? (Sample size=1,297)

Often use it 19.4%
Sometime used it 45.1%
Don’t use it at all 35.5%

Q7: When a typhoon is approaching, do you take steps to prevent damage? (Sample size=3,198)

Yes (to SQ) 45.7%
No 54.3%

Older people were about twice as likely as younger people to take action, and the people who lived in higher-risk areas close to the ocean like Okinawa, Kyushu, or Shikoku were well over twice as likely to be wary as those in relatively safe area of Hokkaido.

Q7SQ: What sort of counter-measures do you take? (Sample size=1,461, multiple answer)

Move things likely to blow away into the house 82.1%
Secure things likely to blow away 58.2%
Stockpile food and drink 28.5%
Prepare emergency goods 15.1%
Clean out drains 11.4%
Decide on meeting places and contact methods with family 9.3%
Reinforce glass (tape up, etc) 7.4%
Move things that might be affected by flooding off the floor, etc 4.3%
Reinforce roof 1.9%
Prepare sandbags 0.9%
Other 2.7%

Q8: If an evacuation order was issued, do you know where to evacuate to? (Sample size=3,198)

Yes 61.4%
No 38.6%

Older people were more likely to know where to run away to, but there was little variation by location.

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