Public recharging points in Japan

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With smartphones becoming more popular and certain models not having replaceable batteries yet a day of heavy usage is enough to run many of them flat, a public recharging service may become a feature of many city locations. To find out what people thought of this, iShare conducted a survey on the topic.

Demographics

Between the 13th and 16th of July 2010 460 members of the CLUB BBQ free email forwarding service completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 56.5% of the sample were male, 30.4% in their twenties, 30.7% in their thirties, and 38.9% on their forties.

Already in Japan in many locations you’ll find mobile phone recharging lockers where for around 100 yen for 20 minutes you can get your battery topped up. Furthermore, docomo mobile phone stores also often have free recharging points, if you don’t mind putting up with being pestered by salespeople. However, mains sockets for general purpose recharging are a rarity, so this survey is looking at the first steps towards public power.

Research results

Q1: There are but a few places where you can recharge notebooks, mobile phones, etc, so have you ever felt that it would be good to have a mains socket close at hand? (Sample size=460)

  All Male
N=260
Female
N=200
Yes 68.5% 67.3% 70.0%
No 31.5% 32.7% 30.0%

As background for the people answering the survey, the following text appeared:

A trial by TEPCO, Tokyo’s electricity supplier, has been running since the 28th of April and will finish on the 31st of August 2010. In Hibiya in the Chiyoda area of Tokyo at Hibiya Patio there is a public power service using 100% green energy. The service is called espot, and around the power points there are QR Codes that lead to various questionnaires which, if you answer them anyone can get free power.

Q2: Did you know what such a public power service trial is being conducted? (Sample size=460)

  All Male
N=260
Female
N=200
Yes 2.0% 1.9% 2.0%
No 98.0% 98.1% 98.0%

Q3: If such a free public power service was located somewhere close to you, would you want to try it out? (Sample size=460)

  All Male
N=260
Female
N=200
Definitely 20.7% 20.4% 21.0%
Perhaps 60.2% 57.3% 64.0%
No 19.1% 22.3% 15.0%

Q4: If a paid public power service was located somewhere close to you, would you want to try it out? (Sample size=460)

  All Male
N=260
Female
N=200
Definitely 2.2% 2.3% 2.0%
Perhaps 35.7% 34.6% 37.0%
No 62.2% 63.1% 61.0%
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