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Female English vampires in Japan

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Have you ever had a romantic relationship with a foriegn man? graph of japanese statisticsWeblio recently published a self-serving survey into Japanese women’s views on international love, although given the sample group, the results here should not be used to extrapolate to the whole Japanese population.

Demographics

Between the 24th of January and the 2nd of February 2015 471 female members of the Weblio service completed a survey performed using Macromill Inc’s Quick-CROSS tool. No age details were provided.

I’m not sure how common the phrase in the headline is, but there is a trait found in certain Japanese women who want their token foreigner man to show off to their friends, or just get free lessons off, thus the English vampire in the title. Actually, when I met my wife, she too was to some extent looking for just English conversation practice before a planned working holiday to the UK.
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When women feel damned by faint praise

goo Ranking recently published a short ranking survey into what praise from men they are not happy to hear.

Demographics

goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where on the 13th of January 2015 500 members, all female, of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographics were given.

I’m not sure what number 2 is all about, or if it is just my poor translation; it could also be “You’ll have a lot of money in the bank”, which I suppose is a polite way of saying one has more money than sense. Here’s someone being good with makeup, I suppose:

Sailor girl makeup
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Password management in Japan

Would you like to use for login security? graph of japanese statisticsDDS, Digital Development Systems, a company that makes software to manage passwords through biometrics, recently conducted a survey entitled password refugees, looking at password usage.

Demographics

Over the 2nd and 3rd of February 2015 400 members of the Macromill Research Monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. The sample was aged between 20 and 50 years old, but no further demographics were provided. However, knowing Macromill’s usual style, it would have people aged been between 20 and 59 years old, 50:50 male and female, and 25% in each of the age bands 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s.

I use KeePass to manage my passwords, but with Chrome being good at managing passwords, I rarely need to load it up.
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Spotting a future baldie

goo Ranking recently republished a survey I must have missed first time round, why people think someone (male) will probably go bald in the future, with opinions from both women and men.

Demographics

goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 18th and 20th of August 2014 500 members, 250 male and 250 female, of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographics were given.

One that doesn’t rank, but similar to going out in the rain without an umbrella, my wife told me that letting your hair dry naturally, especially going to bed with wet hair, is a big no-no.

Here’s what should be Japan’s patron saint of slapheads, the kappa, a sort of turtle thing with a big round bald spot:

Bonus Photos from the before time...
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YouTube Movies best-known video distribution service

The ex-goo Research, now known as NTTCom Research, recently conducted a survey into video distribution services

Demographics

Between the 22nd and 24th of January 2015 1,018 members of the NTTCom Research monitor panel completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 53.6% of the sample were male, 13.7% in their teens, 15.4% in their twenties, 21.2% in their thirties, 17.5% in their forties, 14.7% in their fifties, and 17.5% aged sixty or older.

I think that the survey is a bit flawed as the survey seems specifically about legal distribution of commercial contents, such as with YouTube Movies, but I wonder how many people just assumed the survey was about YouTube itself; however perhaps there was more background explained to the survey respondents?

A couple of months ago I signed up for a free trial of J:COM On-Demand, but I just didn’t have any time to watch anything, so I just cancelled last night.
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How Japanese view herbal medicine

Have you ever been to a Chinese Medicine doctor? graph of japanese statisticsThe web site Kampodesk, a Chinese (herbal) medicine (called “kampo” in Japan) information site, conducted a survey into the image of Chinese medicine.

Demographics

Between the 23rd and 26th of January 2015 853 users of the web site Kampo Desk completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 3% of the sample were 19 or under, 37% aged between 20 and 34 years old, 48% between 35 and 49 years old, 10% between 50 and 64 years old, and 1% aged 65 years old or more.

Given the site doing the survey, there is most likely going to be a bias towards favouring Chinese medicine, and of course the questions will be chosen to give a favourable image of Chinese medicine.

For me, I think it is mostly quackery, and some of the stuff which might have science behind it would be better served by real medicine with exact dose measures, not imprecise “natural” cures. I’ve been prescribed some foul-tasting powder once or twice, but I couldn’t help noticing a real pill mixed in that perhaps supported the placebo effect.
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Typical events on the last train home after a night on the booze

Today’s slightly silly survey is from goo Ranking as usual, a look at typical occurances catching the last train home after drinking.

Demographics

goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 9th and 11th of December 2014 500 members, 250 male and 250 female, of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographics were given.

I’m surprised this didn’t make the rankings:

Sleepless in Yokohama

I have rarely got the last train home, so I’m not really too familiar with many of the images here, although from talking to people online, apparently vomit is a serious concern both in carriages and on station platforms. Now I think about it, since I’ve moved up to the Tokyo area, I think I’ve seen more vomit on platforms and the surrounding station area than I did in Osaka, but I don’t know if that just means that they are less efficient at cleaning it up here.
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What not to do when being introduced to your Japanese partner’s parents

goo Ranking published an entertaining survey on the worst faux pas when visiting your boyfriend or girlfriend’s parents’ home.

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goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 9th and 11th of December 2014 500 members, 250 male and 250 female, of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographics were given.

When I visited my wife’s parents before we got married, fortunately I got a pass on any faux pas I might have committed for be foreign. I could have done with this list, though, to at least know what to put an effort in to!
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Why foreign men dislike Japanese women’s gait

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What do you think about how Japanese women walk in high heels? graph of japanese statisticsOmron, a healthcare electronics manufacturer, published a survey that serves to advertise their new female-oriented device that diagnoses one’s walking style, with this survey asking foreign men what they think of Japanese women’s way of walking.

Demographics

Between the 23rd and 31st of October 2014 the company Neon Marketing, on behalf of Omron and underwear manufacturer Wacoal, asked a mere 50 foreign men who had lived in Japan more than a year to fill out a private internet-based survey.

I think Japanese women in high heels, on the whole, are extremely clumsy-looking. Often, they walk like Honda’s humanoid robot Asimov, with knees bent forward and bum sticking out, and stiff legs pivoting at the pelvis only. Furthermore, there is a lack of ankle muscles or ankle support, so most of them twist their ankles with every step. I’ve seen more graceful baby giraffes taking their first few hesitant steps!
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One in five Japanese internet users have a tablet computer

Do you currently have a tablet computer? graph of japanese statisticsLifemedia Research recently conducted a survey into tablet computers. This is the sixth time they have conducted this annual survey; last year 18.8% of the sample owned a tablet, so ownership has grown, but of the non-owners, 46.0% last year wanted one, whereas this time the interest has dropped to 38.5%.

Demographics

Between the 26th of December 2014 and the 7th of January 2015 2,400 members of the Lifemedia research panel completed a privagte internet-based questionnaire. The sample was exactly 50:50 male and female, and exactly one-sixth in each of the age bands of twenties, thirties, forties, fifties and sixties.

I recently got a free wifi-only eight-inch LG G Pad from my cable provider, but I’ve only actually used it once to update the software! My wife has rarely used it too, and her main use of the PC involves Flash applications, so I think the device will be gathering a lot of dust.
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