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Old folk and feature phones

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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:

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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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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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