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2014 (Heisei 26) New Year Postcard Nengajo lottery results

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New Year Postcard lottery 2014 winning stampsThe winners of the 2014 New Year Postcard lottery for the Year of the Horse have been announced, and the winning numbers and prizes are as follows. The number to check is the six digit number at the bottom right of the card. Note that some cards do not actually have numbers, which means they are not eligible. This year they have simplified the prizes into three ranks from four the previous years.

First prize: last five digits 97085

10,000 yen

Second prize: last four digits 2344

Choose any one of 38 different products, from foods like mango juice to electrical items like an ultrasonic toothbrush.

Third prize: last two digits 72 or 74

Otoshidama stamp set – a fifty yen and an eighty yen stamp, pictured above.

If you have matched any of these, go to your nearest post office before the 22nd of July 2014 and either collect the stamps while you wait, or apply by post or fax for the second prizes. The full prize line-up can be seen here. How did you get on? I got just the one stamp set, sadly.

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Why Japanese singles cannot find partners

Here’s an interesting survey from goo Research that I wish had been around a month ago, as the topic was quite hot then. Regardless, I present it anyway, a look at why Japanese are unable to find a partner for many a year, for both women and men.

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.

The reason I say it was a hot topic was because there was a rash of “sexless youth” stories based on a poorly-translated or misconstrued survey into young people and relationships.
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When Japanese women think men are cute

goo Ranking took a look at cute actions and habits of men that tug at women’s heartstrings.

Demographics

Over the 6th and 7th of February 2013 1,122 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 60.1% of the sample were female, 10.2% in their teens, 16.6% in their twenties, 26.5% in their thirties, 25.0% in their forties, 11.1% in their fifties, and 10.6% aged sixty or older. 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 question was for the women only.
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Beaujolais nouveau special: tedious wine buffs

Since today is the release of Beaujolais nouveau, still a big event in Japan, here is a special goo Ranking survey into what self-styled wine buffs drone on about.

Demographics

Over the 5th and 6th of October 2012 1,064 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 58.2% of the sample were female, 10.5% in their teens, 13.7% in their twenties, 26.6% in their thirties, 27.6% in their forties, 11.7% in their fifties, and 9.9% aged sixty or older. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.

No, I don’t have a clue about drinking wine in a bath robe!

Here’s two wine buffs in the buff who exploded onto the scene a few years ago, then, as these one trick ponies tend to do, imploded a few months later, and were reduced to scenes like this…


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2012 (Heisei 24) New Year Postcard Nengajo lottery results

New Year Postcard lottery 2012 winning stampsThe winners of the 2012 New Year Postcard lottery for the Year of the Dragon (my year!) have been announced, and the winning numbers and prizes are as follows. The number to check is the six digit number at the bottom right of the card. Note that some cards do not actually have numbers, which means they are not eligible.

First prize: 030625

Choose any one from a 40 inch Sharp Aquos LED backlit LCD televison, a JTB holiday, either three nights in Shanghai or Honolulu, 2 nights in Seoul, Sapporo, Naha or Tokyo for two, or one night in one of 52 domestic hot springs resorts plus 20,000 yen’s worth of gift vouchers, Toshiba dynabook notebook plus Fujifilm FinePix JX800 digital camera plus Canon PIXUS MG4130 printer, Sharp Healthio microwave oven AX-MX2-R and Panasonic Home Bakery SD-BH104 and Zoujirishi IH rice cooker NP-NC10-TC, or 20,000 points worth of office goods from a Business Choice catalogue.

Most of the items are pretty much the same as last year.

Second prize: 071658, 153787, or 675457

Choose any one from a Sharp Plasma Buster combined humidifier and air purifier KC-A50-W, Canon IXY 410F SL digital camera plus Green House digital photo frame GHV-DF7DW plus a 4GB SD card, an Xbox360 4GB plus Kinect, a day return trip to one of 119 domestic hotels, or a Tobu non-puncturing tyre-equipped folding bicycle HB-160SUS-NT.

Third prize: last four digits 2511

Choose any one food item from 38 different ones on offer, from Godiva cookies to 125 grammes of dried shiitake mushrooms.

Fourth prize: last two digits 27 or 44

Otoshidama stamp set – a fifty yen and an eighty yen stamp, pictured above.

If you have matched any of these, go to your nearest post office before the 23th of July 2012 and either collect the stamps while you wait, or apply for any of the bigger prizes. The full prize line-up can be seen here. How did you get on? I’ll check mine later.

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What you would most hate your family to see

Today’s silly survey from goo Ranking is a look at what people would most hate their family to see, and for a change it has some slightly more spicy answers than usual.

Demographics

Over the 5th and 6th of September 2011 1,112 members of the goo Research online monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 70.8% of the sample were female, 13.5% in their teens, 18.2% in their twenties, 28.1% in their thirties, 25.5% in their forties, 8.7% in their fifties, and 6.0% aged sixty or older. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.

Number two was rather difficult to translate, as I wasn’t quite sure of the exact nuance in the phrase! I’m not really sure what my own answer would be, but for number one, given the availability of the internet these days, being caught *cough* reading *cough* an inappropriate web site must be an ever-present danger for teenagers.

According to a random photo on flickr, even grannies can be caught doing number one…

Reading Some Good News.
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2011 (Heisei 23) New Year Postcard Nengajo lottery results

New Year Postcard lottery 2011 winning stampsThe winners of the 2011 New Year Postcard lottery for the Year of the Rabbit have been announced, and the winning numbers and prizes are as follows. The number to check is the six digit number at the bottom right of the card. Note that some cards do not actually have numbers, which means they are not eligible.

First prize: 651694

Choose any one from a 40 inch Sharp Aquos LED backlit LCD televison, a JTB holiday, either three nights in Hawaii or Hong Kong, 2 nights in Korea, or one night in one of 53 domestic hot springs resorts plus 30,000 or 50,000 yen’s worth of gift vouchers, Toshiba dynabook T350/34AW-U notebook plus Fujifilm FinePix Z80 digital camera plus Canon PIXUS MG5130 printer, Sanyo CY-SPA226 electric bicycle, or 200,000 yen’s worth of office goods from a Kokuyo catalogue.

Interestingly, compared to last year the TV has been upgraded from 32 inches to 40 inches.

Second prize: 403580, 228949, or 022471

Choose any one from a Nintendo Wii plus Wii Party, Canon XY DIGITAL 400F SL digital camera plus Green House digital photo frame GHV-DF7DW plus a 4GB SD card, Sharp Plamsa Cluster air purifier KC-Z45-W, one night at one of 93 domestic hotels, or a De’Longhi coffee maker CMB6-WH.

Third prize: last four digits 8363

Choose any one food item from 38 different ones on offer, from 264 sheets of seaweed to two bottles of mango juice.

Fourth prize: last two digits 69 or 02

Otoshidama stamp set – a fifty yen and an eighty yen stamp, pictured above.

If you have matched any of these, go to your nearest post office before the 25th of July 2010 and either collect the stamps while you wait, or apply for any of the bigger prizes. The full prize line-up can be seen here. I’ve just checked mine and I’ve won two sheets of the stamps above, the same as last year. How did you get on?

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Getting a pro’s advice on which is better

There’s a reasonably popular program on the television in Japan, がっちりアカデミー, gacchiri academy, with perhaps “School for Skinflints” being a good English translation. This program has a panel of experts that focus on the financial pluses or minuses of various activities, so perhaps this was the inspiration for a survey from goo Ranking into about which matters would people want to hear from an expert which was the better choice.

Demographics

Between the 19th and 22nd of November 2010 1,171 members of the goo Research online monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 50.2% of the sample were female, 11.3% in their teens, 19.1% in their twenties, 29.0% in their thirties, 23.4% in their forties, 9.6% in their fifties, and 7.6% aged sixty or older. 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’d like to hear “Permanent Residency versus naturalisation”, perhaps, and also regarding number 7, why people need to ask which toilet paper is better! What would you like to hear?
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Busiest people at a Japanese New Year

A happy New Year to you all, with a look at what is the busiest profession over the New Year, a survey from goo Ranking, of course.

Demographics

Between the 19th and 22nd of November 2010 1,171 members of the goo Research online monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 50.2% of the sample were female, 11.3% in their teens, 19.1% in their twenties, 29.0% in their thirties, 23.4% in their forties, 9.6% in their fifties, and 7.6% aged sixty or older. 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’d say 17=, a reporter, is the easiest job over the New Year – if it’s hard news, they can start writing year-end wrap-ups ahead of times; if it’s the latest news, on television at least 90% of it is interviews with people leaving or coming back at airports, bullet train stations, etc, reports of enormous car jams at all the usual motorway locations, and a few bits of stock footage of preparations or the aftermath of New Year at the popular temples. I’m sure they could even run last year’s columns and nobody would notice!

All photos from flickr – click on them to see them in full detail – apologies for some not being terribly seasonal, but it was hard enough to find the right subjects, let alone the locations.
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Japanese preteens on the internet

At what age did your child first start using the internet? graph of japanese statisticsRecently goo Research published the results of a survey into internet usage by elementary school children in Japan.

Demographics

Between the 1st and 11th of October 2010 13,925 members of the goo Research monitor panel who were guardians of children of elementary school age completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No demographic information on the children was supplied, but the adults were 54.4% female, 1.1% in their twenties, 40.8% in their thirties, 53.2% in their forties, and 4.8% aged fifty or older. It is also not clear how guardians with multiple children completed the survey.

At least most of the children seem to be well-policed regarding their internet use, with the majority spending less than an hour online a week, and email and chat being less frequent activities.
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