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Japanese’ worst drunken moments

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I’m back with more nonsense from goo Ranking, taking a look at the most horrible drunken incidents they have experienced.

Demographics

Between the 27th and 30th of June 2014, 500 members of not the goo Research monitor group, but instead a company named iBridge, more specifically their Research Plus monitor group, completed a private internet-based questionnaire. The sample was exactly 50:50 male and female, and rather than award 100 points to the top answer, they chose to report the results as a percentage of the total.

I guess the drunken train sprawl is too commonplace to feature in the list!

Note also that this survey most likely presented a list of all 25 situations and people indicated those they had experienced, or at least remembered having experienced.

Disappointingly, I can only recall having five of these experiences – surely my readers can do better!
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Bad stuff other people do on the internet

goo Ranking recently published a survey looking at what internet-based actions by other people might be considered bad behaviour.

Demographics

The survey was conducted between the 26th and 28th of March 2014, and 1,088 people completed a private web-based questionnaire. I have finally found where they hid the demographic information, so I can also inform you that 52.6% of the sample were female, 22.2% in their teens, 25.7% in their twenties, 26.5% in their thirties, and 25.6% in their forties. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.

I suppose this blog would fall somewhere around the number 18 category, although I do add value by translating, honest!
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Knocking big knockers

goo Ranking took a look at big breasts, specifically the problems with them.

Demographics

The survey was conducted between the 26th and 28th of March 2014, and 1,048 people completed a private web-based questionnaire. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample. I think the survey was for the women in the sample only, but it is not clear from the description.

A fine pair of knockers yesterday:

I translated this survey in the first person, but non-big-breasted people also answered.
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Japanese expectations for the World Cup

Do you think Japan will progress past the league stage? graph of japanese statisticsWith Japan about to kick-off their World Cup tournament playing Cote D’Ivoire in just over seven hours time, I just have time to squeeze in this survey from @nifty looking at people’s expectations for the World Cup.

Demographics

Between the 30th of May and the 5th of June 2014 4,694 members of the @nifty service completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographics were provided.

I’m probably going to watch the match tomorrow morning, although I might just have to listen in on audio as Sunday morning is my vacuuming time. For the final match against Greece, the office is have a group viewing on the hundred-and-whatever-inch television we have. The match is due to finish at 8:45 am local time, but as work officially starts at 8:30 the management has generously offered to, err, switch the telly off at 8:25 so we can all get ready for the start of work. I predict there will be more people taking holidays or finding an excuse to come in to work slightly later than actually watching in the office; I might even make up some excuse myself and attend a public viewing.
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Facebook clickbait Japanese cannot resist

goo Ranking had another fun survey, this time looking at what dodgy link topics on SNS’s people end up clicking on.

Demographics

The survey was conducted between the 26th and 28th of March 2014, and 1,048 people completed a private web-based questionnaire. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.

Sadly, “Translations of dodgy link topics” does not feature on the list.
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Ironing in Japan

How often do you do ironing? graph of japanese statistics

One thing that I still can’t quite get used to in Japan is that despite most people being fashion-conscious, a similar amount seem to be iron-oblivious, with mildly-wrinkled clothes not being an unusual sight on both males and females. Therefore, when I found this survey from Happy Note, a parent-oriented child-rearing support site, looking at doing the ironing, I knew I had to translate it.

Demographics

Between the 15th and 21st of May 2014 527 members of the Happy Note web site completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographics were given.

My wife doesn’t iron, and I limit mine to trousers and shirts. My mother irons everything right down to socks, but none of that has rubbed off on me!
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Friends’ mildly disagreeable behaviour

I’ve translated a number of surveys about what makes Japanese people want to run a mile, but here we have a survey about words or actions of friends that make you want to run perhaps just a couple of hundred feet.

Demographics

The survey was conducted over the 3rd and 4th of March 2014, and 1,067 people completed a private web-based questionnaire. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.
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“It’s just not my day!” train happenings

goo Rankings took a look at moments on the train or the station that make people think “It’s just not my day!”.

Demographics

The survey was conducted over the 3rd and 4th of March 2014, and 1,067 people completed a private web-based questionnaire. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.

My event, which happens about once a month, is when someone brings on a 551 Horai carry-out and stinks out the carriage with it. Incidentally, when I was in a slightly posh cafe once, an adjacent table was asked to wrap up their 551 Horai tightly to stop the smell bothering other patrons.

I can smell them just by looking at this picture…
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Over one in three Japanese self-identify as otaku

A recent survey by Dip, conducted to promote their anime holy ground (seichi) site, looked at otaku (geek, hard-core fan)-related matters

Demographics

There were actually two surveys conducted. The first had a sample of 1,843 men and women aged from their teens to 49 years old, and the second involved a subset of 335 people from the original sample (I think – it is not too clear) who had identified themselves as otaku in Q1.

An otakumobile:

Although the demographics are confusing, there does seem to be an indication that the eldest child is an otaku. There is perhaps a reason involving Japanese family structure, but what that might be I have no idea! I welcome any wild speculation from my readers!

These holy grounds are the real life locations represented in various anime and manga; for instance, here is their entry for the hot springs and hotel in Sprited Away/Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi.
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The Twenty Habits of Highly Effective Oyaji

Unlike the similarly-titled better-known book, these are habits you do not want to pick up! An oyaji is a middle-aged man, usually a derogatory term for the kind of middle-aged guy who has the various habits listed below. This survey was by goo Research, and a more correct title translation would be what oyaji habits would you not want to acquire.

Demographics

The survey was conducted from the 22nd to the 24th of February 2014, and 1,047 people completed a private web-based questionnaire. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample. This survey is for the males of the sample only.

Rather than trying to find a picture of someone hacking up phlegm, here instead are two (point five) online acquaintances who do a regular Two and a Half Oyajis YouTube show.

I have a bit of a cold this weekend, so I’ve been scolded twice today already for hacking up phlegm with a “you’re sounding like an oyaji!” comment from my wife.

About the only one I do is number 4, licking my fingers to open plastic bags at the supermarket. And number 19, of course, which reminds me I wonder if I can find a survey that investigates why women happily wear mini and micro skirts or shorts so frequently, but cleavage is perhaps a once per week sighting for me.

For number 20, according to the internet, in a dodgy pub where you are a regular, doing the finger “x” thing is acceptable; anywhere else is a major faux pas, it seems.
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