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Few Japanese children learning dance, street most popular

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From 2012 dance became a compulsory part of the curriculum in Japanese schools, so Yamaha Music Japan decided to conduct a survey into awareness of dance to see how dance was fitting in to a child’s education.

Demographics

Between the 30th of September and 1st of October 2015 1,000 parents, 50:50 male and female, aged between 25 and 60 years old and with a child in primary school (aged between 6 and 12) completed an internet-based survey. How the sample was chosen is not noted.

Back when I was in primary school, we had a few lessons in traditional Scottish Country dance that stood me in good stead for céilidhs later on in life; nothing serious, just the steps for the Gay Gordons and the like. Now I think of it, Japanese traditional dances don’t feature in the answers – are they already taught elsewhere in the curriculum?

Here’s a kiddy version of my favourite dance troupe, World Order:


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Electronic cash most popular way of paying for trains

How do you most often pay for train rides? graph of japanese statisticsiBridge Research Plus took a look at trains.

Demographics

Between the 9th and 14th of September 2015 600 members of the Research Plus monitor group who used trains to commute to work or school completed a private internet-based questionnaire. The sample was exactly 50:50 male and female, 13.3% in their twenties, 29.0% in their thirties, 24.3% in their forties, 27.5% in their fifties, and 5.8% in their sixties.

In Q1 I’m surprised to see mobile phones almost non-existent in the results, but I think one reason is that most season tickets these days are IC card-based, residing on either a credit card or (as in my case) on a mobile phone.

In Q9 I had most of these experiences, but probably the worst for me is drooling while sleeping…
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Majority of Japanese children recognise the necessity of foreign languages

Do you want to go on an overseas holiday? graph of japanese statisticsThe social learning company Surala recently conducted a survey into school children’s opinions of overseas.

Demographics

Between the 1st and 20th of August 2015 480 children who used the Surala social learning service completed a survey offered after they logged into the Surala service. The sample was 55.6% male, 15.8% in primary school, 74.8% in middle school, and 9.4% in senior school.

Note that although the Surala service appears to be free to use, the sample is not going to be that representative of Japanese children overall, so care should be taken reading the results, especially, I think, the desire to learn and recognition of the necessity of foreign languages.
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How Japanese view herbal medicine

Have you ever been to a Chinese Medicine doctor? graph of japanese statisticsThe web site Kampodesk, a Chinese (herbal) medicine (called “kampo” in Japan) information site, conducted a survey into the image of Chinese medicine.

Demographics

Between the 23rd and 26th of January 2015 853 users of the web site Kampo Desk completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 3% of the sample were 19 or under, 37% aged between 20 and 34 years old, 48% between 35 and 49 years old, 10% between 50 and 64 years old, and 1% aged 65 years old or more.

Given the site doing the survey, there is most likely going to be a bias towards favouring Chinese medicine, and of course the questions will be chosen to give a favourable image of Chinese medicine.

For me, I think it is mostly quackery, and some of the stuff which might have science behind it would be better served by real medicine with exact dose measures, not imprecise “natural” cures. I’ve been prescribed some foul-tasting powder once or twice, but I couldn’t help noticing a real pill mixed in that perhaps supported the placebo effect.
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New adults look at the state of Japan

Do you think your generation can change Japan? graph of japanese statisticsMacromill Research released their annual look at the views of new adults yesterday, Japan’s Coming of Age day where new adults celebrate their new-found resposibilities by hanging out at Disneyland, dressing up in gang colours and assaulting police with fists and coffee cans.

Demographics

Over the 9th and 10th of December 2014 500 members of the Macromill Monitor group who would be eligible to attend a 2015 Coming of Age ceremony (that is, born in 1994 or 1995) completed a private internet-based questionnaire. The sample was exactly 50:50 male and female.

In Q15, I am very surprised to see as many as almost 93% of the new adults on LINE! I knew it was big in all age groups, but not quite that big.
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Japanese and crime

Have you ever been a victim of a housebreaking? graph of japanese statisticsNifty Research recently took a look at crime prevention.

Demographics

Between the 14th and 20th of February 2014 4,833 members of the Nifty monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No detailed demographic information was provided.

I’ve not experienced any crime here in Japan (except getting a parking ticket once…), and I don’t take any particular anti-crime measures when out and about.

Note that in Q6, carrying pepper spray is illegal.
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Paper and electronic newspaper consumption

How many paper newspapers do you regularly buy? graph of japanese statisticsgoo Research recently conducted a survey, reported on by japan.internet.com, into electronic versions of physical newspapers.

Demographics

Between the 13th and 18th of February 2014 1,075 members of the goo Research online monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 53.7% of the sample were male, 13.7% in their teens, 15.6% in their twenties, 21.0% in their thirties, 17.3% in their forties, 14.9% in their fifties, and 17.5% aged sixty or older.
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Only a minority want smoking banned in cafes

Japan is still very much a smoker’s paradise despite being outnumbered by non-smokers, as this survey from Nifty into smoking revealed.

Demographics

Between the 24th and 30th of January 2014 5,098 members of the Nifty monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographics were given.

You can even get tobacco tea from a vending machine in Japan:

In Q6, banning smoking on pavements (sidewalks for my American readers) illustrates the strength of JT, Japan Tobacco, and its advertising, which has convinced the public that despite Q5 showing that most people are aware of the health issues, impoliteness and the risk of poking children in the eye outweighs taking said children into a smoky cafe and puffing away; as many a foreigner says, Japan must be the only country where it is often easier to smoke inside than outside. Next, banning smoking in bullet trains would be low-priority for me, as on the main Tokyo-Osaka run all the newer trains are non-smoking, but have a smoking room, which I actually think is worse. With a distinct smoking car, it is easy to avoid; with a room, if you happen to get a seat nearby and beside a smoker, their fumes after their visits will be pretty obnoxious.

Where I’d like to see smoking banned is parliament; then I will know that the government is really serious about tackling the issue.
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The scent of early middle-age Japanese men

Do you notice the smell of men in their thirties and forties? graph of japanese statisticsAn interesting, I suppose, survey from Lucido, a brand of men’s toiletries, where they conducted a survey into women’s perceptions of the smell of men in their thirties and forties.

Demographics

During the month of December 2013 534 women aged between 25 and 49 years old completed a private (I think) internet-based questionnaire. No further demographics were provided.

This male age band was chosen because one’s youthful hormones are fading, but are yet to be overtaken by old person smell, a smell which Lucido have named “Middle Fat Smell”, with an associated web site, which no doubt explains that said smell can be countered by ample application of Lucido’s product.

Actually, my wife has recently started mentioning that I smell (in a good way, she assures me!), although I do worry that I am developing Old Person Smell. However, this Scientific American article assures me that in blind sniff tests, it was actually rated more pleasant than young folks!
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Four in five twenty year olds on LINE

How many friends do you have? graph of japanese statisticsjapan.internet.com recently published the highlights of a survey by Macromill into 2014’s new adults, where they chose to focus on SNS and friends.

Demographics

On the 5th of December 2013 Macromill interviewed 500 members of their monitor panel who would be coming of age (20 years old) in 2014 through a private internet-based questionnaire. The sex split is not noted, but Macromill usually have a 50:50 ratio.

Note that in Q3 and the pie chart above, the Japanese word for “friend” used is a word that usually refers to real-life friends. Facebook friends use a different word, so the number reported was not just a simple totting up of one’s followers.
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