Just over two in five Japanese know PayPal

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Do you know PayPal? graph of japanese statisticsgoo Research recently conducted a survey into online cash transfer services, the results of which were reported on by japan.internet.com.

Demographics

Between the 1st and 5th of July 2011 1,095 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 52.9% of the sample were male, 16.5% in their teens, 18.1% in their twenties, 21.5% in their thirties, 16.3% in their forties, 15.6% in their fifties, and 12.1% aged sixty or older.

I use PayPal as a holding account for receiving payments from advertising then paying out for online services, which seems to work out very well as my miscellaneous income nicely balances out with my outgoings such as web hosting.

I translated another similar survey on PayPal about a year ago, and as can be seen the usage and awareness of PayPal has marginally increased since then.

Research results

Q1: Have you done any online shopping within the past year? (Sample size=1,095)

Yes89.5%
No10.5%

The most popular way for paying for shopping online was with credit cards, with 702 having used that method within the last year, then 253 using bank transfers, and 135 using some form of online settlement service such as PayPal.

Q2: Do you know PayPal? (Sample size=1,095)

Have used8.5%
Heard of it, but not used33.9%
Not heard of it57.6%
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2 comments »

  1. Janne said,
    July 22, 2011 @ 10:17

    One reason could be that PayPal seems to refuse to forward any foreign money back to a Japanese account. Makes it rather useless for many things (can’t sell anything to anybody abroad for instance).

  2. July 27, 2011 @ 19:36

    One reason could be that PayPal seems to refuse to forward any foreign money back to a Japanese account. Makes it rather useless for many things (can’t sell anything to anybody abroad for instance).

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