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Do you have an emergency drinking water stock at home? graph of japanese statistics

DIMSDRIVE Research recently conducted a survey into mineral water.

Demographics

Between the 23rd of June and the 3rd of July 2015 5,202 members of the DIMSDRIVE monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 60.7% of the sample were male, 2.7% in their teens or twenties, 12.8% in their thirties, 29.2% in their forties, 30.7% in their fifties, 17.1% in their sixties, and 7.5% aged seventy or older.

We have a built-in water purifier in our old place, but here we tried a water cooler for a couple of weeks, but it was too expensive, both electricity-wise and for the water, as the same water was half the price at two litres a time compared to the 8 litre packs for the water cooler. We now use plastic bottles of water for drinking. I have to carry home two litre bottles from the nearby supermarket almost every day! It does mean, however, that we have over 24 litres of water around should there be an emergency.
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Younger Japanese more at risk from heatstroke

Have you ever experienced heatstroke? graph of japanese statisticsDIMSDRIVE Research recently published a quick look at heatstroke awareness.

Between the 23rd of June and the 3rd of July 2015 5,202 members of the DIMSDRIVE monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 60.7% of the sample were male, 2.7% in their teens or twenties, 12.8% in their thirties, 29.2% in their forties, 30.7% in their fifties, 17.% in their sixties, and 7.5% aged seventy or older. Note that it looks as if the age data has been skewed by a decade, but checking other recent surveys it is consistent with them. Perhaps this is some copyright trap?

The results here seem counter-intuitive, and seem to contradict reports that say about 50% of those hospitalised this summer were over 65 years old. However, younger people are probably more able to avoid a hospital visit, and perhaps increased awareness through schools has increased self-diagnosis, so the numbers make more sense if this is taken into account.

Personally, I wear a hat, although preventing melanoma on my head is the main aim, as my father gets regular treatment due to over-exposure when he was younger. I once had what was probably heatstroke (rather than just common non-specific heat exhaustion) when on entering an air-conditioned room after a prolonged time outside I started sweating freely from just about every pore in my body. It was moderately scary at the time, although rather humorous to look back at now!
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Losing your car in a car park

Would you use an app to lead you to your car parking place? graph of japanese statistics

This is a bit of an odd survey – actually an advertorial press release thinly disguised as a survey – into getting lost in a car park.

Demographics

On the 18th of July 2015 Emprize conducted an internet survey, interviewing 500 people of both sexes aged between 20 and 49. No further demographic information was offered, but it appears all were car drivers.

I can’t remember losing a car in a car park, although I’ve had occasional occurances of not being able to spot a rental car as I cannot remember the colour or shape, but a quick press of the remote control to blip the indicators usually suffices.

I did however, once really lose a car in a car park; I had a rental car, and due to schedule issues, the rental company told me over the phone to leave it at a station car park. About three weeks later they contacted me at the office to ask where their car was; the note that they had taken to collect the car must have got lost somewhere along the way.
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Old folk and feature phones

How long have you used a feature phone for? graph of japanese statisticsMobile Marketing Data Labo recently published the results of a survey into feature phone usage by the senior generation.

Demographics

Over the 16th and 17th of June 2015 1,110 people aged sixty or older completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographics were given, but all were feature phone users.

Here’s some random senior fiddling with his flip-phone:

Phone
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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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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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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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Encountering beautiful Japanese women

About how often do you encounter a beautiful woman? graph of japanese statistics

Here’s a survey, short but sweet (just like much of the subject matter), on women’s external appearance, conducted by SBS Tokyo, a beauty salon.

Demographics

Over the 17th and 19th of February 2015 300 men between the ages of 20 and 49 who had the experience of a beautiful woman crossing their path completed an internet-based questionnaire.

Note that this is talking about catching sight of a beautiful woman while going about one’s daily activity, not hanging out at a club.

Excepting every day at home, I probably see a beautiful woman every few days; what I like the most is a good overall figure and poise, which includes the ability to walk not in the fashion of a drunken giraffe.
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Japanese parents think handwriting still a necessary skill

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Is it necessary to teach children handwriting? graph of japanese statistics
Although this survey was mainly an excuse for Zebra to promote their online neat handwriting lessons, this look at neat handwriting revealed a number of interesting statistics.

Demographics

At some point in time, Zerba conducted a survey amongst 600 parents of children in primary or secondary education. No further demographics or other details were offered.

I hear that in the USA, they have generally given up teaching joined-up writing, and furthermore I also heard that some schools go so far as deducting marks for handwritten submissions, expecting printouts to be presented instead.

I’m a Luddite, and even though I have a write-only scrawl, I do find it much easier to write stuff out on paper, particularly when problem-solving regarding software design.
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Young working women and acne

Orbis, a cosmetics company, has recently released an acne care series of potions, thus commissioned a survey into acne care to coincide with the launch.

Demographics

Recently Orbis surveyed 500 women between the ages of 25 and 35 and in full-time employment; no further details were given on the demographics or the sample selection method, etc.

Here’s a vending machine selling a competing product, Proactiv:

Vending machines selling Proactiv SOLUTION.

I’m unable to comment on this, and I managed to avoid acne during my youth.
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