Coming of Age in 2010 in Japan: part 1 of 2

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Macromill published their annual survey on new adults, looking at how the latest batch of twenty year olds look at themselves and their future

Demographics

Over the 21st and 22nd of December 2009 516 members of the Macromill monitor group who have recently or will soon be turning twenty thus eligible to attend a Coming of Age ceremony this weekend completed a private internet-based questionnaire. The sample was exactly 50:50 male and female.

Most foreigners in Japan are more interested in photographing the kimono on display, not that I can blame them for that, but I think that looking past the stereotypes of partying with Mickey Mouse and drunken neds starting fights at the ceremonies is much more intellectually interesting and much less predictable than the usual coverage.

Research results

Q1: How do you see the future of Japan? (Sample size=516)

Bright 1.2%
Perhaps bright 19.6%
Perhaps dark 61.4%
Dark 17.8%

Q1: How do you see your own future? (Sample size=516)

Bright 8.9%
Perhaps bright 51.4%
Perhaps dark 32.2%
Dark 7.6%

Q3: Do you have dreams for the future? (Sample size=516)

Yes 59.1%
Not at this time 32.9%
Don’t know 7.9%

Q4: What do you think about the following? (Sample size=516)

  Think so Perhaps think so Perhaps don’t think so Don’t think so
Coming of Age ceremony is needed 24.2% 39.0% 22.7% 14.1%
Making pension payments is a responsibility of citizens 28.9% 48.1% 14.5% 8.5%
When coming of age it is necessary to think of yourself as an adult 46.3% 41.7% 8.5% 3.5%

Q5A: How interested are you in politics? (Sample size=516)

  All Male
N=258
Female
N=258
Very interested 30.8% 38.4% 23.3%
Somewhat interested 42.4% 38.4% 46.5%
Not really interested 17.6% 16.3% 19.0%
Not at all interested 9.1% 7.0% 11.2%

Q5B: How interested are you in elections? (Sample size=516)

  All Male
N=258
Female
N=258
Very interested 25.8% 32.2% 19.4%
Somewhat interested 37.0% 35.3% 38.8%
Not really interested 25.0% 20.9% 29.1%
Not at all interested 12.2% 11.6% 12.8%

Q5C: How interested are you in the economy? (Sample size=516)

  All Male
N=258
Female
N=258
Very interested 35.3% 43.8% 26.7%
Somewhat interested 43.2% 39.1% 47.3%
Not really interested 14.3% 12.4% 16.3%
Not at all interested 7.2% 4.7% 9.7%

Q6: What do you think Japan should tackle? (Sample size=516, multiple answer)

  All Male
N=258
Female
N=258
Economic recovery 71.7% 69.8% 73.6%
Employment measures 65.3% 60.5% 70.2%
Hospital, nursing, other social welfare 53.1% 43.4% 62.8%
Education reform 52.3% 55.0% 49.6%
Fixing the pension system 51.2% 47.3% 55.0%
Lack of children, aging society problems 51.2% 46.9% 55.4%
Political stability 48.3% 47.3% 49.2%
Environmental issues 36.8% 29.8% 43.8%
Scientific research promotion 35.7% 41.5% 29.8%
IT promotion 31.6% 38.0% 25.2%
Culture, sports promotion 27.5% 20.5% 34.5%
Proactive contribution to world peace 22.1% 19.8% 24.4%
Promoting the appeal of Japan overseas 20.7% 19.0% 22.5%
Law and order 20.5% 18.6% 22.5%
International trade, exchange 20.3% 21.3% 19.4%
Other 4.8% 5.0% 4.7%
Don’t know 5.0% 4.3% 5.8%

Q7: Do you have an ideal adult figure? (Sample size=516)

  All Male
N=258
Female
N=258
Yes (to SQ) 46.9% 41.9% 51.9%
No 53.1% 58.1% 48.1%


Q7SQ: Who are your ideal adults? (Sample size=242, multiple answer)

  All Male
N=108
Female
N=134
Father 43.4% 39.8% 46.3%
Mother 41.7% 25.9% 54.5%
School teacher, professor 28.9% 26.9% 30.9%
Actor, entertainer 15.7% 14.8% 16.4%
Grandparent 14.9% 11.1% 17.9%
Senior at school 11.6% 10.2% 12.7%
Senior, boss at work 11.6% 11.1% 11.9%
Friend 8.7% 9.3% 8.2%
Historical figure 7.0% 8.3% 6.0%
Author, cultural figure 6.6% 4.6% 8.2%
Brother, sister 5.8% 5.6% 6.0%
Other relative 4.1% 2.8% 5.2%
Politician 2.9% 6.5% 0.0%
Other 6.2% 9.3% 3.7%

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  1. January 14, 2013 @ 23:37

    [...] Macromill Inc continued their annual tradition of publishing a survey looking at people who are turning 20 and will be attending a Coming of Age ceremony, traditionally held today, January 14th 2013, in their 2013 new adults survey. For reference, I previously translated the 2010 survey. [...]