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Encountering beautiful Japanese women

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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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Whisky habits in Japan

Have opportunities to drink whisky increased recently? graph of japanese statisticsWhisky, specifically Scotch, is going through a bit of a mini-boom right now in Japan, with the widely-popular morning drama (daily, 15 minutes over breakfast) this year being about the first Japanese whisky distiller and his Scottish wife. Although the whisky company the story is based on is Suntory, it was Asahi that conducted this survey into whisky.

Demographics

Between the 4th and 10th of March 2015 1,314 people aged 20 or older completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further details on the demographics, let alone the sample size collection method, was described.

The most heavily-advertised means of drinking whisky is the highball, with the linked advert being for cheap and nasty whisky that probably is best drowned in a pint of soda and ice! On the other hand, a couple of months ago I was in a bar selling Macallan highballs (link is NSFW, Not Safe For Whisky-lovers) an action which should be illegal!
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Female English vampires in Japan

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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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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What foreigners love and hate about Japanese public toilets

How cleaner are Japanese public toilets? graph of japanese statisticsJapanese public toilets are something that almost every visitor to Japan will experience, so this survey from the toilet manufacturer Toto looked at foreigners and toilets to see what issues there were.

Demographics

During September and October of 2014 600 foreign residents of Japan aged 20 or older completed an internet-based survey; ten countries were represented; South Korea, Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, USA, France, UK, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia. No further demographics were presented.

I’ve used a Japanese-style toilet for number twos exactly once, at a bowling alley when I had the runs, and in the process managed to get a rather large poo stain on my trousers, a fact I never realised until I got home that night. I’m very particular about toilets, so barring emergencies I use department store Western-style toilets almost exclusively, and I tend to select heated seats, but I never touch any of the bum-squirting stuff.
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Japanese sleep patterns

How much sleep do you get on average on weekdays? graph of japanese statisticsThe company Aisin Seiki recently conducted a survey into sleep.

Demographics

Between the 24th and 26th of June 2014 1,206 people aged between 18 and 69 (and implied to be in paid employment) completed an internet survey, although details of whether it was a closed or open survey were not reported. Detailed demographic was similarly unavailable.

Further information on sleep patterns of 100 people with 100 different jobs is available, as is a sleep monitoring device which they presumably used to collect said 100 people’s data.

Well, I’d hate to say how little sleep I get on weekdays, but you can look at the post timestamp and work it out for yourself. At least I very rarely wake before my alarm.
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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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Just two in five Japanese always wash hands with soap after public toilet poo

How do you wash your hands after public toilet poo? graph of japanese statisticsI don’t know how these numbers compare with elsewhere in the world, but the results of this survey from VLC (Value Create) into toilets produced a few quite interesting results.

Demographics

Over the 19th and 20th of September 2013 1,045 members of VL Crew completed a private internet-based questionnaire. The sample was 50:50 male and female, and 20.0% in each of the twenties, thirties, forties, fifties and sixties age groups.

My home toilet has both a heated seat (lovely) and a bum squirter (yuk!). I used it once or twice when we first got it, but quite frankly I couldn’t see the point, and all the water down there melts toilet paper when I try to dry off afterwards.
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