Young working women and acne

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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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What makes people think someone might be an otaku

goo Ranking recently published a look at what makes people think someone might be an otaku, a geek/nerd too interested in games or anime.

Demographics

goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 10th and 12th of February 2015 500 members, 50:50 male and female, of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographics were given.

Spot the otaku in this group!

sleep, PSP, DS, DS, sleep

Number 4 doesn’t really make sense to me, although I suspect it might be related to the manga genre BL, Boys Love and givers and receivers… Perhaps some otaku readers can help me out!

Number 13 might refer to this story, as I believe the special offer packets were limited to convenience stores.

For 16, what is the secret behind blue vinyl bags?
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Most non-users of electronic cash just don’t feel any need for it

Today is a rather ordinary survey, a regular look by NTT Com Research (ex-goo Research) into electronic cash, their fourth regular survey into this topic.

Demographics

Between the 11th and 17th of March 2015 1,065 members of the NTT Com Research monito group completed a private, internet-based questionnaire. 53.6% of the sample were male, 2.2% in their teens, 27.3% in their twenties, 21.8% in their thirties, 16.9% in their forties, and 31.8% aged fifty or older.

I have a bit of confusion over the numbers here; there is a clear statement that from the 1,065 in the sampe, 336 were non-users of electronic cash, a figure backed up by the sample size for Q2. However, this means 31.5% were non-users (this percentage is also mentioned in the text), but in Q1 it is 28.0% from the full sample that say they are currently non-users.

Instead of a graph, here is Hello Kitty dressed up as the duck-billed platypus mascot for Osaka area JR railway IC card.

Hello Kitty x ICOCA Mascot
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Bad stuff that happens at Rakuten

This survey was conducted over six months ago, but only appeared this week, a look by goo Ranking at typical happenings at the net shopping site Rakuten.

Demographics

goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 18th and 20th of August 2014 500 members, 50:50 male and female, of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographics were given.

I avoid Rakuten myself, mainly due to all the rumours I hear about being spammed to death every time you go shopping.
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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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Dodgy health techniques

goo Ranking looked at what healthy living methods do Japanese feel doubtful about the effectiveness of.

Demographics

goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 16th and 20th of January 2015 500 members, 50:50 male and female, of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographics were given.

I don’t know what that number 4 is all about, and I certainly don’t want to find out, although I suspect it might be related to kombucha:

Kombucha SCOBY
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Easter in Japan

Japan’s largest recipe sharing site, CookPad, recently conducted a survey into Easter.

easter bunnies

Demographics

Between the 17th and 20th of February 2015 2,599 people subscribed to the CookPad email newsletter completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 89% of the sample were female, 11% male, 2% were in their teens, 13% in their twenties, 31% in their thirties, 33% in their forties, and 21% aged fifty or older.

I’m quite suprised, indeed I find it difficult to believe that according to Q1SQ1 almost one in four know that Easter is the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Spring Equinox; I doubt if you’d get that high a figure even in a Christian country!

Suprisingly, chocolate Easter eggs are not a thing here, but around my local station, a cake shop is selling cute bunny and chick-themed petit fours, and an ice cream shop similarly-themed ice cream novelties.
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Fifteen secrets about Funassyi

Fresh from his appearance at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan, goo Ranking revealed fifteen secrets on Funassyi, the hyperactive pear fairy from Funabashi in Chiba.

Let’s skip the usual demographics and get to the secrets revealed by Funassyi’s own words:

Rank Secret
15 Funassyi’s rival is Rob Halford, lead singer of Judas Priest
14 The first CD Funassyi bought was Deep Purple’s Machine Head
13 Funassyi is a miraculous Pear Fairy that appears only once every 2000 years
11= Funassyi skived off morning school lessons to eat Mos Burger
11= Funassyi loves peaches, meat, pears, and wood lice; hates mozuku seaweed
10 Funassyi was born on the Fourth of July 138 AD
9 Funassyi’s parents are ordinary pear trees
8 Funassyi secretly had a pet mamushi snake as a child, but Funassyi’s parents got angry when they found out
7 Funassyi’s apartment is infested with cockroaches and mice
6 The whites of Funassyi’s eyes became grey when Funassyi appeared in the human world
5 Funassyi’s real name is Funadius IV
4 Funassyi has a total of 274 brothers and sisters
3 Funassyi has a habit of lying; 27.4% of Funassyi’s statements are untrue
2 Funassyi’s blue bottom half is not clothes, but a tattoo
1 The red bit in Funassyi’s stomach is not a ribbon but spurting blood
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100 yen shop regrets

goo Ranking recently reported on a survey into regrets on buying items at a 100 yen shop.

Demographics

goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 19th of January and 2nd of February 2015 500 members, 50:50 male and female, of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographics were given.

100 Yen Shop

I’ve had many successes than regrets at the 100 yen shop, but sellotape is one of the worst choices; the tape is too tough to rip by hand, but the glue too weak. I really cannot think of anything else right now, especially as when I recently moved about half the new items of furnishings and fittings I bought were probably from various 100 yen shops. My best was a shower curtain I repurposed into two curtains for the bathroom windows, using 100 yen poles to hold the curtain, then I used the remaining curtain to cover a glass door leading on to the bathroom.

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Working women and drinking at home

How often do you drink at home? graph of japanese statisticsThe publishing company Sankei Living recently conducted a survey into drinking habits of working women.

Demographics

During January 2015 701 female members of the City Living email newsletter members completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 5.6% of the sample were in their twenties, 35.9% in their thirties, 45.8% in their forties, and 12.7% in their fifties. 25.1% were employed full-time in positions on a promotion track, 48.8% in ordinary full-time positions, 7.6% contract employees, 9.0% dispatch workers, and 9.6% in part-time or short-term employment. Furthermore, 25.0% lived by themselves, 29.2% were single and living with their parents, 23.1% DINKS, Dual Income No Kids, 16.1% with children, and 6.6% other.

That’s quite a lot of drinking, and more worrying, the number who drink on their own is quite significant. Fortunately, at worst there was just three people having beer for breakfast or a swift one at the office.

For myself, I have drunk exactly one can of beer at home since I moved to Tokyo, and before that I averaged about one or two a year.
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