goo Research recently conducted a survey into online cash transfer services, the results of which were reported on by japan.internet.com.
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.
Q1: Have you done any online shopping within the past year? (Sample size=1,095)
Yes 89.5% No 10.5%
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 used 8.5% Heard of it, but not used 33.9% Not heard of it 57.6%