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Pasta likes and dislikes

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Men, how do you eat spaghetti? graph of japanese statistics@nifty took a look at pasta and spaghetti, but sadly did not ask the question I wanted to hear the answer to, “Do you slurp your pasta?”, a rather too frequent event here that puts me right off my food!

Demographics

Between the 25th of December 2015 and the 7th of January 2016 3,426 members of the @nifty monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographic information was presented.

As is typical for @nifty, not all the graphs they presented were labelled, so when I have text rather than a table for a question, I am estimating the figures.

I love pasta! My favourite is probably just a simple tomato sauce with mozzarella and a basil leaf or two, with potato and pine nuts in genovese sauce a close second. I would rate arrabbiata higher, but it’s difficult to find a restaurant that does it well.
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Buying a Buddhist shrine

Here’s an interesting topic that I’ve not looked at before, how people select a Buddhist shrine for their home.

Demographics

No specific demographics were given, but a survey was conducted on the 28th of December 2015 amongst people who had requested a coupon from E-Butsudan.com between the 1st of January and the 22nd of October 2015.

Note that the Japanese “Butsudan” translates as “Buddhist shrine”, and is most commonly bought to house the ashes or just the memory of family who have passed away, although some percentage get sold as “working” Butsdan to active believers; the focus of this survey is, I believe, on the first case, people following tradition rather than religion. I don’t know about the stuff E-Bustudan sells, but the ones I’ve seen tend to be cheap veneer over chipboard and seem vastly overpriced as they presumably have a markup as a donation to the sect that are selling them. Declaring my interest, our Butsudan is a donation that we got for free from fellow believers.

Here is a typical Butsudan, but I think this is a working one rather than a ceremonial one as there seems to be no obvious memorial to a passed away person.

butsudan
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What Japanese do at the airport

How long do you shop for souvenirs at domestic airports? (Female) graph of japanese statistics
@nifty recently published a survey titled simply airplanes.

Demographics

Between the 11th and 17th of December 2015 3,395 members of the @nifty monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographic information was presented.

Sadly, domestic airlines have mostly stopped their free alcohol service in Japan, so I stick with the coffee on cooler days, or a Diet Coke on warmer ones. If I get to the airport early, I like to hang out in a coffee shop and fiddle with my smartphone, although if I’m with my wife it’s the inevitable trail through all the souvenir shops buying sweets that never get delivered to friends, so we end up eating them all ourselves more often than not!

Here’s some random tat from a Narita airport shop, courtesy of Danny Choo and flickr:

Narita Airport Shops
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Taxi usage in Japan

I was going to do a ranking survey last night, but Windows 10 decided to update itself and go a bit wonky in the process, so I had to babysit it all night. Instead, we’ll have a look at taxis in Japan.

Demographics

Between the 13th and 19th of November 2015 3,062 members of the Nifty monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographics were presented.

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A few of the questions in the survey had no direct figures quoted, so some of the numbers will be a bit rough.

My pet hate is taxi drivers not knowing the way, an all-too-common occurance, and although many cabs now have car navigation systems, the drivers seem reluctant to use them. I prefer to sit right behind the driver, but it seems odd that the vast majority prefer the diagonal. I wonder why that is?
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Majority bothered by their pet’s smell

How often do you notice pet smells? graph of japanese statisticsPet Soken, a pet insurance broker, recently conducted a survey into bothersome pet smells.

Demographics

Between the 12th of August and 8th of September 2015 1,487 users of the Pet Soken web site completed a private internet-based questionnaire. All respondents were pet owners, but no further demographics were presented.

My cats’ toilet smells, of course, but it’s mostly confined to their room, so it doesn’t bother me that much. I’ve tried various odour suppressants, but they didn’t do much good. We’ve also just got their winter furniture out of storage, and they stink, unfortunately of mold they have acquired over the summer, and I think the only countermeasure that will be effective will be chucking them in the bin – the carpets, not the kitties, of course!
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Japanese career women on marriage and children

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Do you want to continue your career after marriage, childbirth? graph of japanese statisticsA recent survey from LiB,Inc, a firm that says they support working women facing issues regarding careers, private life, marriage, childbirth, etc, recently conducted a survey to find out what career-women’s outlook on marriage.

Demographics

Between the 10th and 16th of September 2015 500 women from their database of 29,661 working women completed a private internet-based questionnaire. (Actually, 509 completed the survey, but 9 answer sets were dropped to round everything off.) 60% of the sample were not married and 40% were, but no age information was provided. Current employment status statistics were also not present, but they encompassed everything from full-time employees to currently unemployed women.

I don’t know how self-selecting this sample is, but the profile presented here is much more positive towards continuing a career after marriage and childbirth than the typical image of Japan. However, the gap between the ideals presented here and the realities in the office may be quite considerable.

Note that for Q8 I was estimating the values off a graph, so they could easily be plus or minus 10 votes, but the order is correct.
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One in five middle-aged Japanese want their ashes scattered in the wind

Where would you like to be interred? graph of japanese statisticsHere is a rather interesting survey from Hoken (insurance) Clinic, looking at the diversification of graves and funerals.

Demographics

Over the 4th and 5th of August 2015 500 people, 250 male and 250 female, aged between 40 and 60 years old completed an internet-based questionnaire. There is an implication in Q1 that everyone was married.

In Japan, cremation then interring the ashes in a family grave is the tradition. However, in Q5 an arborium cemetery is currently in vogue; this is usually a small grove of trees (run by the council with no ongoing maintenance fees) with a large underground space for urns. A multi-storey crypt has a visiting room, where on using your ID card, your relative’s urn plus shrine gets delivered to a viewing space. Here is a video of one in operation.
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Taste main turn-off for tap water

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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