Joys of the Japanese summer: Rainy Season and typhoons

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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 it0.6%
Like it a bit7.6%
Don’t really like it54.4%
Really hate it37.4%

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

Mould grows easily68.3%
Can’t hang washing outside to dry67.6%
Too much trouble to go outdoors63.4%
Can’t do things outside41.2%
Get depressed34.6%
Food poisoning34.6%
Difficult to make plans31.1%
Can’t use bicycle or motorcycle30.2%
Hair is disheveled27.4%
Get sick easily25.2%
Flooding or other water damage14.2%
Electricity bills are expensive8.0%
Lose appetite5.2%
Other4.0%
Nothing in particular1.6%

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

Increases a lot0.1%
Increases a little0.7%
Decreases a little44.0%
Decreases a lot33.5%
Doesn’t change21.7%

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

Surf the internet71.5%
Watch television63.8%
Potter around the house57.6%
Watch videos or DVDs45.4%
Read40.0%
Clean my room26.3%
Play games22.6%
Go shopping17.2%
Go to the cinema9.7%
Go to the library8.3%
Go visit friends4.4%
Other4.4%

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

Frequently check the weather forecast58.9%
Dehumidify things carefully48.4%
Ventilate my room41.4%
Mould counter-measures38.1%
Food poisoning counter-measures31.1%
Carrying an umbrella even if it’s not raining28.6%
Wash hands or gargle thouroughly19.5%
Refrain from going outdoors16.0%
Carry a towel with me15.6%
Keep water channels clear14.5%
Don’t set cooler too low13.7%
Change clothes soon after returning home10.7%
Insect counter-measures4.8%
Other0.8%
Nothing in particular8.6%

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

Yes (to Q6SQ)41.7%
No58.3%

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

Often use it19.4%
Sometime used it45.1%
Don’t use it at all35.5%

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

Yes (to SQ)45.7%
No54.3%

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 house82.1%
Secure things likely to blow away58.2%
Stockpile food and drink28.5%
Prepare emergency goods15.1%
Clean out drains11.4%
Decide on meeting places and contact methods with family9.3%
Reinforce glass (tape up, etc)7.4%
Move things that might be affected by flooding off the floor, etc4.3%
Reinforce roof1.9%
Prepare sandbags0.9%
Other2.7%

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

Yes61.4%
No38.6%

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

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