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Expectations for Japan 2014

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This is an annual ranking survey from goo Ranking, looking at what expectations people have for the future Japan. I have translated a number of other years’ surveys, including 2012, 2010 and 2008.

Demographics

The survey was conducted during the 31st of October and the 1st of November 2013, and 1,060 people completed a private web-based questionnaire. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.

Note that people were selecting options from a list, I believe, so more controversial and political topics would have been filtered out. Nevertheless, despite all the doom and gloom foreign correspondents are writing about Japan’s nationalism, etc, note that number 6 is quite outwards-looking, as is number 21. Indeed, number 21 used a generic term for people, 人々, hitobito, not an exclusive term like “citizen” or “Japanese”.
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What people want to take time and effort to enjoy this New Year

This will be the last survey of this year, from goo Ranking and looking at what enjoyable but time-consuming task people want to do.

Demographics

The survey was conducted during the 31st of October and the 1st of November 2013, and 1,060 people completed a private web-based questionnaire. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.

Happy New Year of the Horse to all my readers! Above is a typical scene from the Japanese concept of First Footing, a midnight visit to a temple.
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How wives’ dissatisfactions with their husbands cause New Year rows

Just in time for the New Year, and perhaps as an alert to my male readers on how to avoid getting into their wife’s bad books, goo Ranking published a list of dissatisfactions with one’s husband that causes arguments to break out over New Year.

Demographics

The survey was conducted during the 31st of October and the 1st of November 2013, and 1,060 people completed a private web-based questionnaire. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample. I would guess that only married women answered the survey, although the wording of the Japanese answers suggests that unmarried women could imagine which answers might apply to them in the future or to other couples, or even their parents.

This rather unappetising-looking fish is actually rather auspicious; me failing to avoid turning up my nose at some of the traditional Japanese New Year offering is perhaps the most common reason previously for arguments!

So far this year end I don’t think I’ve committed any of these flaws, although I am currently skating on thin ice regarding my procrastination of tidying up the garden!
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Getting into the Christmas mood on the cheap

goo Ranking sneaked in just before the end of Christmas day with this survey into ways to get into the Christmas spirit for under 500 yen, or 3.50 euros, 4.80 US dollars, 2.93 UK pounds, or even 0.0072 bitcoins if that’s the way you like to count your money!

Demographics

The survey was conducted between the 4th and 8th of October 2013 where 1,074 people completed a private web-based questionnaire. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.

Viewing Christmas illuminations is good, but getting Google+ to AutoAwesome them is even better:

I like being in Japan in that I can avoid the Christmas spirit on the whole, although most stores start looping Christmas numbers from the end of November.

Regardless, I’d like to wish all my readers a Merry Christmas (or other appropriate non-denominational equivalent) and in your own particular ways have a fun Xmas/New Year/Holiday Season. I still have one more day of work to go before my holidays.
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What Facebook posts make Japanese want to Like and not Like

An interesting survey today from goo Ranking, looking at what kinds of Facebook posts your friends want to Like and don’t want to Like.

Demographics

The survey was conducted during the 31st of October and the 1st of November 2013, and 1,060 people completed a private web-based questionnaire. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample. The percentage of Facebook users was not reported, although the current penetration of it is around 25% in Japan. Whether or not non-members answered by imagining what they might like to see and not see, or if they were excluded from the sample was also not reported.

I made a Q2 Number 1:

In Q1, I’d have thought cat videos would have been higher, as that’s about all I +1 on Google+! However, I suppose a silly cat photo could be classed as an example of number 1?

I’m not sure what the photo of one’s feet means in Q2. Is this some strange Facebook fad?
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Hotel Gorilla Dreams and 29 other strangely-named hotels

goo Ranking recently performed a survey looking at what love hotel names people find strange. Love hotels can be found all over Japan, and as the name suggests, they are for use by dating couples wanting a place away from their parents, couples wanting a night out, or indeed for illicit relationships; I should try to dig up figures on the sorts of uses they get put to.

Demographics

The survey was conducted between the 4th and 8th of October 2013 where 1,074 people completed a private web-based questionnaire. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.

I’ve stayed here:

Chapel Christmas (love hotel), Osaka, Japan

The video below is of room 310 at the Feigning Ignorance Beaver Legend, although there is a distinct lack of feigning or otherwise ignorant beavers on display…

Googling the Japanese names should bring up more information about the places, should a name take your fancy. Note that all the translations are mine so may differ from their real English name, if they have one.
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Features of Twitter users you want to stop following

goo Ranking took a look at the features of Twitter users that make people want to stop following.

Demographics

The survey was conducted between the 4th and 8th of October 2013 where 1,074 people completed a private web-based questionnaire. However, goo Ranking have recently revamped their ranking page and have dropped the link to their demographics. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.

I generally ignore Twitter, so none of the below bother me! I couldn’t find a nice photo of Twitter, but here are a couple of sweet tweeters instead:

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Yahoo! Japan’s top searches of 2013

Yahoo! Japan released on the 25th of November 2013 their top searches in various categories for the year to the end of October. Here I will present just the top five in the various categories.

If you want to find out more about the various things, well, just search for it!
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When Japanese feel they are no longer a spring chicken

goo Ranking recently published the results of a survey looking at when over 35 years old Japanese feel changes that suggest they are no younger young, for both men and women.

Demographics

The survey was conducted between the 4th and 8th of October 2013 where 1,074 people completed a private web-based questionnaire. However, goo Ranking have recently revamped their ranking page and have dropped the link to their demographics. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.

Here’s someone trying to stay young at heart, I suppose:

So there are surfers in Japan!

Looking at the list, I cannot really identify with many despite being well past 35 myself. Number 5, perhaps, but then I’ve never been very active, so there is less of a deterioration. I also have felt number 14, but I think “too much bother” really means “too many jobs have an upper age limit” or “I’ll lose my place in the seniority-based promotion stakes”; the first of these is particularly a problem for women, despite laws that outlaw age discrimination, but these laws are quite often ignored.
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When shop staff are a pain in the bum

goo Ranking recently conducted a survey looking at what kinds of shop staff people find too much bother to deal with.

Demographics

The survey was conducted over the 2nd and 3rd of September 2013 and 1,077 people completed a private web-based questionnaire. 51.0% of the sample were female, 24.5% in their teens, 24.8% in their twenties, 25.2% in their thirties, and 25.5% in their forties. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample. This survey was for the women in the sample only.

Talking of number 13, here’s staff getting over-familiar with Johnny Depp:

My pet hate is mobile phone shop staff, who are totally incapable of answering any even slightly technical question with anything other than “Have you tried turning off and on?” Well, one time when I asked about a crash, they recommended I delete some stuff as my low-end phone’s memory was getting full, but it was full mostly down to all the shovel-ware that they place on the phone and that cannot be deleted! Another time, I went at least thrice about a problem receiving SMS-like messages (docomo Message R, for those who are familiar with docomo) on my smartphone. They checked their computer, my account status, everything, and it wasn’t until about six months later there was a software upgrade to their mail program that finally enabled Message R reception by any smartphone in their range! I can’t really see how three different staff were not aware that such a common feature was not supported, even though they had been selling smartphones for at least two years at that point.
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