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Inventions Japanese should boast to the world about

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goo Ranking had a relatively sensible survey this week, what inventions Japan should boast to the world about.

Demographics

goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 1st and 3rd of June 2015 500 members, 50:50 male and female, of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographics were given.

I didn’t realise Japan first developed boil-in-the-bag curry! Here’s the latest advert for Chicken Ramen:


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Cup Noodle deserving of World Heritage status?

An interesting survey from Video Research Ltd looked at awareness of washoku (Japanese food), with a focus on rather than the traditional Intangible Cultural Heritage of Washoku full meals, new foods and fast foods.

Demographics

Between the 27th of February and the 7th of March 2015 1,000 people aged between 15 and 69 from all over Japan completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographics were presented.

I’m not sure on what basis people are identifying Cup Noodles or Teriyaki burgers as Washoku, but to me, Washoku is about meals matching the season, whereas the same noodles or burgers can be eaten all year round. However, I defer to the Japanese in their wisdom for the choices here.

Here’s a typical Cup Noodle corner in a typical Japanese supermarket:

Cup Noodle at 99yen
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Surprising stuff kids could buy in post-war Japan

goo Ranking recently published a list of stuff people were surprised to learn kids could buy in post-war Japan, specifically the Showa Era, up to 1989.

Demographics

goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 23rd and 27th of April 2015 500 members, 50:50 male and female, of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographics were given.

Here is the closest kids these days can come to number 6, Kids’ Beer, or more correctly since it has recently been renamed, Kids’ Drink.

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Beer manufacturer finds beer popular for stress relief

Do you feel stress in the rainy season? graph of japanese statistics
Asahi Group Holdings, the parent company of the Asahi beer brewers, recently published the results of a survey into people’s means of relieving stress, their 551st weekly survey, although this is the first one I’ve heard of!

Demographics

Between the 3rd and 9th of June 2015 1,236 people of both sexes aged 20 or older completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographics were given.

Stress doesn’t seem the right work for the rainy season, just I get a little depressed. Commuting used to stress me out, but I’ve now moved to a much shorter train ride, so it doesn’t bother me. One odd thing, though, when I tried listening to music during my commute, I actually felt more, not less stress; leaving the train for my own private world just didn’t work for me.
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Mutton dressing as lamb

goo Ranking recently published a look at when people think older women overdo trying to look young.

Demographics

goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 23rd and 27th of April 2015 500 members, 50:50 male and female, of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographics were given.

I was going to add a photograph, but then I thought that the subject might not be too pleased to know that they had been tagged as mutton. Instead here’s an older woman with a lamb.

Peru - Peruvian woman and her baby lambs as pets.
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Old geezers on Facebook

Let’s look at fish out of water (I include myself here!), the features of older men on Facebook and other SNS.

Demographics

goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 23rd and 27th of April 2015 500 members, 50:50 male and female, of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographics were given.

I think I manage to avoid all of the behaviours listed here, mainly due to avoiding being sociable on social networks. However, I do have various friends on Facebook who soon chuck in their own two cents at the merest hint of a political discussion.
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Features of people who can’t get the job done

Following up on last week’s look at surprising features of people who get the job done, we have goo Ranking now looking at features of people who cannot get the job done.

Demographics

goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 23rd and 27th of April 2015 500 members, 50:50 male and female, of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographics were given.

You will notice that the top feature is not being able to set a time limit, but this has no relation whatsoever to me posting this a day late…

I scored well on the other positive survey, so fortunately I don’t think too many in this survey apply to me.

I think this desk crosses the line from “productively messy” to “utter tip”.

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One in four want all smoking areas done away with

Men, how often do you smoke tobacco? graph of japanese statisticsA recent survey conducted by Hoken (Insurance) Clinic, timed for World No-Smoking Day, looked at smoking and non-smoking.

Demographics

Between the 28th and 30th of April 2015 500 people between the ages of 20 and 60 completed a web-based questionnaire. No further demographic information was provided.

I don’t know how good the sample selection was, but although the smoker percentage looks similar to other figures I have seen, the ex-smoker figure seems very, very high.

With talk of banning smoking throughout Tokyo for the 2020 Olympics, looking at the figures here would suggest that there might only be the will to ban for the duration of the Olympics, not permanently.
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Unsurprising surprising features of people good at their jobs

goo Ranking published a list of surprising features of people good at their jobs, but I think the top answers are only surprising to Western people in the sense that Japanese people rate them as surprising. (Sorry, that sentence is an utter mess and probably doesn’t make much sense!)

Demographics

goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 7th and 10th of April 2015 500 members, 50:50 male and female, of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographics were given.

I think I rate rather well in many of these items, especially the first four, although whether or not I am actually any good at my job (within the scope of working in Japan) is debatable.
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Cheap smartphone SIM user satisfaction

Overall, how satisfied are you with your cheap SIM? graph of japanese statisticsMMD Labo recently published the results of their survey into user satisfaction with cheap smartphone SIMs.

Demographics

Between the 21th of April and the 7th of May 2015 1,250 users of cheap smartphone SIMs completed a private internet-based questionnaire. The only other demographics offered were that there were 250 users of each of the five leading brands, OCN Mobile One, IIJ mio, BIGLOBE LTE 3G, Rakuten Mobile and b-mobile.

I currently have a standard, expensive SIM (around 5,000 yen even with various family discounts), but in Autumn my two-year contract is up, so I am very tempted to go for one of these cheap cards, especially as I make almost no phone calls; under 2,000 yen per month seems very possible. I’ll keep my existing phone, a Sharp SH-04F, as it’s still in good shape and I don’t see any new features in the last two years that make me want to upgrade.
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