Society in the Japan of 2008: part 2 of 3

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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.

Demographics

10,000 people aged 20 or older were randomly selected from the entire Japanese population to take part in the survey. From that group, 5,494 people agreed to take part in face-to-face interviews conducted between the 7th and 24th of February 2008. 53.8% of the sample was female, 8.1% in their twenties, 15.3% in their thirties, 15.8% in their forties, 21.3% in their fifties, 21.9% in their sixties, 16.5% in their seventies, and 3.1% aged eighty or older. 74.7% were married, 11.8% were divorced or widowed, and 13.5% were unmarried.

Q6 and Q7 are a pretty depressing pair of statistics, with only peace showing any degree of optimism, but social breakdown bearing down on many people. Also, Q8 shows that people are more proud of the past rather than the present Japan.

Research results

Q6: Which of the following light images apply to the current social situation? (Sample size=5,494, multiple answer)

Peace 53.9%
Safety 17.1%
Consideration 10.8%
Sense of personal accountability 9.1%
Bright 8.6%
Room to breathe 8.0%
Zing 6.5%
Sense of community 4.4%
Other 0.3%
Nothing in particular 23.4%
Don’t know 1.7%

Q7: Which of the following dark images apply to the current social situation? (Sample size=5,494, multiple answer)

Strong tide of irresponsility 55.6%
Selfishness 47.5%
No room to breathe 37.3%
Scant sense of community 32.6%
Lack of safety, lots of irritation 29.8%
No zing 21.9%
Frivolity and flippancy 18.8%
Dark 12.1%
Other 0.7%
Nothing in particular 2.2%
Don’t know 0.9%

Q8: Which of the following aspects of Japan or the Japanese can you be proud of? (Sample size=5,494, multiple answer)

Long history and traditions 48.1%
Beautiful nature 46.6%
Illustrious culture and arts 44.9%
Good public order 30.1%
Citizens’ studiousness, talent 28.1%
Free and peaceful society 27.0%
Citizens’ humanity, sense of duty 22.2%
High scientific, technical standards 22.0%
High educational standards 13.4%
Economic prosperity 10.2%
Safe society 10.0%
Cohesiveness of the citizenry 4.3%
Other 0.1%
Nothing, don’t know 4.5%

Q9: Which of the following aspects of today’s society are you satisfied with? (Sample size=5,494, multiple answer)

High quality living environment 29.0%
Maintenance of physical and mental health 18.9%
Easy for women to aspire to be successful in society 18.8%
Easy to express one’s desire of learning, one’s ambitions 16.9%
Easy to select working style 16.5%
Easy to mutually relate to people 13.6%
Easy for middle-aged and older people to be involved in society 12.3%
Easy to find opportunities 8.2%
Easy to bring up children in the family 6.4%
Having financial room to breathe 5.0%
Easy for young people to strive towards being independent in society 3.4%
Other 0.3%
Nothing in particular 26.0%
Don’t know 2.4%

Q10: Which of the following aspects of today’s society are you not satisfied with? (Sample size=5,494, multiple answer)

Having financial room to breathe 42.4%
Easy to bring up children in the family 32.1%
Easy for young people to strive towards being independent in society 31.6%
Easy for middle-aged and older people to be involved in society 26.8%
Easy to select working style 20.6%
Easy for women to aspire to be successful in society 18.3%
Easy to find opportunities 13.6%
Easy to mutually relate to people 16.1%
High quality living environment 13.4%
Maintenance of physical and mental health 13.0%
Easy to express one’s desire of learning, one’s ambitions 9.2%
Other 1.6%
Nothing in particular 9.7%
Don’t know 2.5%

Q11: Are you satisfied with the current level of public services available? (Sample size=5,494)

Satisfied 7.4%
Somewhat satisfied 30.4%
Can’t say either way 30.4%
Somewhat dissatisfied 21.3%
Dissatisfied 8.4%
Don’t know 2.1%

Q12: What do you think about the following opinions regarding public services?

Q12A: Certain public services should be privatised. (Sample size=5,494)

Think so 34.7%
Perhaps think so 35.7%
Perhaps don’t think so 14.1%
Don’t think so 8.5%
Don’t know 7.0%

Q12B: Certain public services should be run by NPOs (Non-profit organisations) or volunteer groups. (Sample size=5,494)

Think so 28.1%
Perhaps think so 37.1%
Perhaps don’t think so 18.3%
Don’t think so 8.4%
Don’t know 8.1%

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